By Mark Elezaj
The announcement was made Saturday night during FOX’s telecast from Fairfax, Virginia, Manny Pacquiao will face Keith Thurman on July 20th live on FOX SPORTS Pay-Per-View.
The 12-round fight is expected to take place in Las Vegas at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) will defend his WBA “super” welterweight title against Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs). Pacquiao won the WBA’s “world” welterweight title last July 15th by knocking out Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse.
Thurman recently returned to the ring after a 22 month layoff on January 26 when he defeated Josesito Lopez by majority decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Pacquiao is coming off a dominant performance over Adrien Broner on January 19.
“I believe Keith Thurman is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing,” Pacquiao said. “That is why I am fighting him. He has faced and beaten two former welterweight champions, Robert Guerrero and Danny Garcia, and one current welterweight champion of the world, Shawn Porter. I have always looked for the best challenges in my career and Keith Thurman is an undefeated WBA super champion.”
“He is the best 147-[pounder] available at this time so I watched some video of Thurman and saw that he brings an exciting style to the ring. That’s what the fans want, two of the best going at it. I want to entertain the fans.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~