Keith Thurman calls out Manny Pacquiao

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WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman 29-0 (22) has called for a fight against Manny Pacquiao 61-7-2 (39) after his successful return to the ring on Saturday night when he decisioned Josesito Lopez 36-8 (19) in a tougher-than-expected outing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The 30-year-old Thurman was having his first fight back after almost two years on the sidelines as he recovered from surgery to his right elbow and a subsequent injury to his left hand, overcoming a mid-rounds rally from Lopez to claimed the victory by scores of 117-109, 115-111 and a surprisingly close 113-113.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao retained his secondary WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner 33-4-1 (24) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19. Pacquiao was awarded the victory by scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 116-112.

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“Manny Pacquiao is not going to be here for the years to come. Just fighting a legend, I just feel like the clock is ticking,” Thurman said at his post-fight press conference.

“Later this year, if that fight presents itself, I would definitely be open for negotiations and I would love an opportunity to fight a legend.

“He’s not the young Manny Pacquiao that he once was, but he still is a great, world-class fighter. If we get that fight, we’d be happy to do it for ourselves and the fans.”

It is a fight that the Filipino icon would potentially be interested in, according to Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions.

“Senator Pacquiao is looking at all good fights at 147 pounds,” Gibbons said to ESPN. “Keith Thurman is an undefeated world champion. He definitely warrants consideration to fight. Thurman holds wins over Danny Garcia and current WBC world champion Shawn Porter. It would be an exciting fight.”


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