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Manny Pacquiao to fight Thurman in July

Manny Pacquiao to fight Thurman in July
Manny Pacquiao
Las Vegas, May 12 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/12/2019 1:22:29 PM IST

Manny Pacquiao will challenge Keith Thurman for his WBA (Super) welterweight title on July 20.

No venue has yet been announced for the bout, which is Pacquiao’s first since a one-sided victory over Adrien Broner in January. Thurman, who is undefeated in 29 fights, beat Josesito Lopez in his most recent fight, also in January. That followed a 22-month injury layoff following elbow surgery.

After his win over Lopez, Thurman discussed a fight against Pacquiao, saying, “Manny Pacquiao is not going to be here for the years to come. Just fighting a legend, I just feel like the clock is ticking.”

“Later this year if that fight presents itself, I would definitely be open for negotiations and I would love an opportunity to fight a legend. He’s not the young Manny Pacquiao that he once was but he still is a great, world-class fighter. If we get that fight, we’d be happy to do it for ourselves and the fans.”

Pacquiao is 61-7-2 during his 24-year boxing career, and currently holds the WBA (Regular) belt. Thurman, from Florida, has wins over Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter to his name.

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