Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman fight officially set for July 20


Manny Pacquiao said a fight with Keith Thurman would be entertaining, the reason why the Filipino world champion agreed to a July 20 bout in Las Vegas.

The Pacquiao-Thurman world title fight, definitely a classic welterweight showdown, will be aired on Fox Sports pay-per-view.

The 40-year-old is heading to Las Vegas to take on a fighter 10 years his junior in an eagerly-anticipated welterweight bout.

Eight-division world champion Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), the 40-year-old Filipino icon who holds a secondary welterweight world title, is coming off a one-sided decision over Adrien Broner on January 19 defense in Las Vegas.

The 30-year old Thurman (29-0, 22 KO), a native of Clearwater, Florida, is coming off a near-two year absence with a unanimous decision win over Joselito Lopez to retain the WBA crown.

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Unable to focus on his boxing duties owing to the election fever, Pacquiao should be able to provide details about his next fight with the conclusion of Monday's national elections.

Meanwhile, Thurman ended nearly two years out of boxing the following weekend, when he clinched a unanimous decision against American compatriot Josesito Lopez to retain the "super" welterweight belt.

"Manny Pacquiao is not going to be here for the years to come. It's an exciting fight and I think the fans would love it".

Thurman has a flawless record of 29 wins from 29 bouts but fans are unsure if he will continue that against a fighter with as much experience as Pacquiao. "Just fighting a legend, I just feel like the clock is ticking", Thurman said after the fight with Lopez.