Thurman Wants Pacquiao Next

Coming off a win earlier this year over Josesito Lopez, Keith Thurman sees the landscape of the welterweight division and eyes only one name to fight this year… Manny Pacquiao.

“I hope I get the fight,” Thurman (29-0, 22KOs) said of a potential superfight with Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39KOs) while serving as an in-studio guest host on Fox’s Inside PBC Boxing. “I asked for the fight as soon as I was done in the ring in Brooklyn. I think it’s a great fight.

“I think it’s a good matchup for Manny Pacquiao, who is the WBA “Regular” welterweight champ, while I am the WBA “Super” champ. Manny Pacquiao was adamant, he said he still has a lot of fight in him. Prove it, step up to the plate and fight me.”

“For me, he’s the last living legend in the sport and it would be an honor to share the ring with him,” Thurman said of the Filipino senator. “But he’s not the future of boxing. Keith Thurman is, Errol Spence, Shawn Porter, these fighters are the future of boxing.

“But Pacquiao is a legend, a well-respected fighter and I would really enjoy sharing the ring with and getting a piece of Manny Pacquaio.”

While Pacquiao may be the dream scenario for Thurman, another option could be a long awaited rematch with WBC champion Shawn Porter, who defeated Yordenis Ugas on Saturday in Carson, California.

Only time will tell what’s next for either fighter moving into 2019.


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