Last January, Keith Thurman called out Manny Pacquiao following his WBA welterweight title defense against Josesito Lopez.
Seems Pacquiao, who had defeated Adrien Broner a week prior to that, heard it one time loud and clear.
Yesterday night, Fox announced that Pacquiao will be fighting Thurman, the WBA welterweight champion, on July 20. Though the venue of the fight is not clear yet
The announcement comes more than a month after Errol Spence Jr. defeated Mikey Garcia and invited Pacquiao into the ring to try to force the way for a fight between himself and the boxing legend. Instead, it looks as though Pacquiao believes that Thurman is a path of less resistance in comparison.
Thurman is thrilled about winning the Pacquiao sweepstakes that so many of his counterparts have coveted.
After returning to boxing following a 22-month absence due to injuries, Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) defeated Lopez. He then said it would be an honor to face a legend like Pacquiao (61-7-2).
This fight being cemented should have a huge effect on the welterweight division; after all, Spence, the IBF titleholder, has said numerous times that if he doesn’t get the Pacquiao fight next, then he’ll shift gears to trying to unify with WBC champion Shawn Porter in a fight that seems like a formality. Let’s see how quickly that fight can be arranged.
will make boxers – Thurman, Pacquiao, Spence
Also on July 20, undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant will make his first title defense against unbeaten contender Mike Lee in the same ring.