Senate Duties Delay Pacquiao-Thurman Talks
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman have been in-talks for a Pay-Per-View showdown on July 20th, but the two WBA welterweight champions have yet to sign a contract.
Per Sean Gibbons, a Pacquiao adviser, Pacquiao has been focused one of his other careers outside of boxing, his work as a Senator in his native Philippines.
“The Senator is still working out his political duties here (in the Philippines) before making a final decision but is looking to returning to the ring in July,” Gibbons told ESPN.
“After the May 13 elections the Senator will get in serious conversations to move to close a fight. Until he gets done with elections he is not committed to anything.”
This would mark Pacquiao’s first fight since defeating Adrien Broner in an easier than expected unanimous decision win in January.
For Thurman, this will be his third fight in two years, after numerous surgeries and health issues kept him out of the ring until his win over Josesito Lopez to retain his WBA “super” world welterweight title.