Pacquiao-Thurman Eyed For July 20th PPV
Even with Danny Garcia getting a win on Saturday night, WBA “super” welterweight champion, Keith Thurman looks to be the winner of the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes.
Mike Coppinger of The Ring tweeted this week that Pacquiao and Thurman are close to inking a deal for a welterweight title fight on July 20th in Las Vegas.
SOURCES: Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are closing in on a deal for a FOX PPV welterweight title bout that’s being pegged for July 20 in Las Vegas. There doesn’t appear to be any big hurdles to clear in completing deal. Big-time fight this summer
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) April 24, 2019
While both hold versions of the WBA’s welterweight championship, it is not expected to see unification, with the winner becoming the “super world” champion, and Pacquiao’s “regular” title being put up in another fight later this year..
Per Coppinger, Pacquiao would return to the MGM Grand on July 20th, the site of his January 19th PPV win over Adrien Broner, which saw 400,000 buys on Pay-Per-View, higher than Wilder-Fury (325K), and Spence-Garcia (360K).
Not only would this be Thurman’s first headlining fight on PPV, but would his test since returning from injuries suffered in 2017 and 2018. Thurman has only fought once in the past two years, defeating Josesito Lopez earlier this year.
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