Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is reportedly stepping into the ring against WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman next.
The Filipino fighting hero has been wanting to enter into a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. but it appears that he may have to challenge WBA Super welterweight champion Keith Thurman for a pay-per-view clash on July first.
‘One-Time’ is reportedly in an ‘advance talk’ to put his title on the line against ‘Pacman’ who currently holds the ‘regular’ WBA belt.
Boxing journalist Mike Coppinger broke the news on Twitter and it garnered varying reactions from fight fans.
SOURCES: Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are in advanced talks for a pay-per-view welterweight title showdown that’s being targeted for July 13. No deal yet but it’s expected to be completed #boxing
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) April 1, 2019
“SOURCES: Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are in advanced talks for a pay-per-view welterweight title showdown that’s being targeted for July 13. No deal yet but it’s expected to be completed,” Coppinger wrote.
Thurman, on the other hand, shook the rust off from his 22-month layoff to score a majority decision win over Josesito Lopez also in January.
The American champion was on the sidelines for almost two years to recover from his elbow and hand surgeries.
Though his performance was at times rocked by his 34-year-old rival, the victory is said to have secured Thurman this recently-hinted PPV fight against Pacquiao.
‘Pacman’ and Thurman are reportedly setting foot in the boxing ring on July 13 or another possible date later that month. Las Vegas or Los Angeles are also rumoured to host the world-title contest.
Despite most fans’ excitement, many believed that while it will be a great opportunity for the American fighter to prove his fighting prowess, it’s a risk for the 40-year-old boxing legend.
Aside from being 10 years older than Thurman, his dangerous combination of power and speed could still come a little short to his undefeated opponent’s fighting capabilities.
Well, we’ll never really know since the most unexpected things happen in combat sports.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Manny Pacquiao and Instagram/Keith Thurman