Manny Pacquiao to return to the ring this summer to face Keith Thurman in welterweight bout

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Manny Pacquiao – at the age of 40 – to return to the ring this summer to face Keith Thurman in welterweight bout

  • Manny Pacquiao will face Keith Thurman on July 20 in a welterweight contest
  • The Filipino wants to unify his WBA secondary title against Thurman this summer
  • A venue is yet to be announced but both fighters revealed a fight is now agreed 

Manny Pacquiao has no immediate plans to hang up his gloves as the veteran fighter announced he will return to the ring this summer against Keith Thurman. 

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

A fight between the pair has been rumoured in recent months with WBA’s secondary welterweight title holder Pacquiao keen to unify WBA by beating Thurman.  

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring this summer against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring this summer against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas

The 40-year-old is rolling back the years as he looks to unify his WBA welterweight title

The 40-year-old is rolling back the years as he looks to unify his WBA welterweight title

Writing on his Instagram page alongside a mock-up poster for the fight, Pacquiao wrote: ‘The summer just got a little hotter!’

Pacquiao is proving age is just a number as he continues to turn back the clock on his career with wins over Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner in the past year.

News of the fight, which will be broadcast as a pay-per-view bout, was officially announced during Jarrett Hurd’s contest against Julian Williams. 

Pacquiao has two wins in the last 12 months and is continuing to prove age is just a number

Pacquiao has two wins in the last 12 months and is continuing to prove age is just a number

Thurman has a perfect 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. 

The July 20 bout will represent the sixth time Thurman will have defended his WBA title. 

According to boxingscene.com, the popular MGM Grand in Las Vegas looks set to be the venue chosen to host the welterweight bout. 

Thurman returned to the ring in January following a 22-month lay-off and looked sluggish in his win against Josesito Lopez, giving some boxing fans a headache as to who is the favourite in this summer’s contest.  

After that win, Thurman was keen to talk up a bout with the legendary Pacquiao and he now has his shot at the Filipino. 

Thurman returned to the ring in January after 22 months out with injury and he looked sluggish

Thurman returned to the ring in January after 22 months out with injury and he looked sluggish

‘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, according to ESPN, after the fight with Lopez.

‘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.’

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