Pacquiao announces Thurman bout for July

Pacquiao announces Thurman bout for July

Manny Pacquiao has no immediate plans to hang up his gloves as the veteran fighter announced he will return to the ring this summer against Keith Thurman.

A Pacquiao-Thurman bout has been talked about for years, and figures to provide fireworks.

Their 12-round fight is expected to take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), who turned 40 in January, has seemingly turned back the clock over the past year with a stoppage of Lucas Matthysse that ended a nine-year gap between knockouts and a dominant decision win over Adrien Broner in January.

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After that fight, Pacquiao said he meant to fight again in July, which is when he has time off from his job as a senator in the Philippines.

However, PBC wanted to make the announcement to a wide audience on a nationally televised card and got things squared away in recent days, according to Sean Gibbons, one of Pacquiao's close advisers. Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) holds the super champ version of the WBA welterweight title.

It was Thurman's first fight since facing Danny Garcia in 2017. The thrilling rumble will unify the WBA welterweight division as Pacman fans around the world can't wait to see their future hall-of-famer idol back in action.

"Manny Pacquiao is not going to be here for the years to come". He defeated huge underdog Josesito Lopez by majority decision, but Lopez (36-8, 19 KOs, 1 NC) hurt Thurman badly during the seventh round of their 12-round battle at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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