Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman set for July 20th

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman set for July 20th

A fight between the pair has been rumoured in recent months with WBA's secondary welterweight title holder Pacquiao keen to unify WBA by beating Thurman.

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will fight Keith Thurman on July 20 in a World Boxing Association welterweight title showdown, promoters said yesterday.

Pacquiao beat American Adrien Broner in January, a win that took his record to 61-7-2 with 39 knockouts. "He is fighting an undefeated super champion in Keith Thurman who defeated three former world champions - Robert Guerrero, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter".

"I proved it in my last fight against (Lucas) Matthysee", Pacquiao said after that fight.

Pacquiao, 40, most recently fought on January 19, where he beat Adrian Broner in a 12-round fight in Las Vegas.

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"#TeamPacquiao is back. July 20 l #PacThurman", he tweeted. Still, Pacquiao's team said it would not finalize any fight until after Pacquiao was done campaigning for candidates for Monday's elections in the Philippines.

According to boxingscene.com, the popular MGM Grand in Las Vegas looks set to be the venue chosen to host the welterweight bout.

"I would say Keith Thurman has looked rusty in the past", Pacquiao said.

Meanwhile, Thurman ended nearly two years out of boxing the following weekend, when he clinched a unanimous decision against American compatriot Josesito Lopez to retain the "super" welterweight belt. I anticipate an action fight from him.

A loss would risk the future of each boxer. And Thurman, who looked lackluster in his last fight, cannot afford a loss at this point in his career - especially a fighter, although great, in the twilight of his career.

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