WBA Welterweight Champion 🇺🇸Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0-0, 22KO) even during his most active days at the height of his career (before suffering a myriad of injuries), was very vocal and outspoken about trying to get a fight with one of the 2 legends of the sport campaigning at the Welterweight division before they retired from the ring. His first option was getting a fight against ♛🥉🇺🇸Floyd Mayweather Jr., but with Floyd’s departure from the sport, this was deemed impossible for Keith to secure.
Well fortunate for Thurman, there was one more All-Time-Great available who not only is still active, but is also still a very dangerous opponent for most fighters at 147 lbs. That fighter is boxing’s only 5-Division Lineal World Champion, and its only 12-Time, 8-Division World Champion ♛🇵🇭Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39KO), who has the secondary WBA belt which ultimately serves as #1 WBA contender to the Belt that Thurman possesses.
For Keith Thurman, this is the chance of a lifetime in a sense that every young, ambitious fighter craves these type of match-ups in bridging the gaps between generations, in pursuit of becoming the beneficiary of a passing of the torch type of situation to carry through to his generation, and for Keith, this match-up works well here. Manny Pacquiao himself is 40 years of age, yet throughout all the countless wars that he participated in, has retained his sharp reflexes, and most of his speed from his glory days, without experiencing any major ill effects on the body during the natural aging process, making him a threat as long as the body serves as the vehicle for one of boxing’s smartest minds of the last 2 decades. Manny looks to further prove to the boxing public that the 📖book hasn’t closed on his career, looking to add one more major win to his ridiculously loaded resume. For Thurman, he runs the risk of losing it all to a fighter who is passed his prime, albeit still capable of pulling off a win of this magnitude, but that’s the name of the game, to test yourself against quality boxers, taking the necessary risks to become great. As Thurman always says “I have an ‘O’, and I’m not afraid to let it go”, so he very well understands where this fight could take him in his future prospects if he is able to get the victory. This fight will be on FOX-PPV on Saturday, July 20th, headlining an absolutely stacked undercard that needs to be viewed in its entirety as a pure boxing fan. This fight will happen at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Tune in to see how this domino shakes out in the Welterweight division.