Pacquiao vs. Thurman Is On!

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 ~

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