Manny Pacquaio Agrees On Fighting Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquaio agrees on fighting Keith Thurman on 13th July on Showtime, the WBA Super World Champion, on 13th July on Showtime. They are in advance talks but the deals hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Where Will The Fight Happen
If the fight happens. It will probably take place in MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Barclays Center in New York or Staples Center in LA. If Manny ends up beating Thurman, it will probably interest Floyd Mayweather in coming back for a rematch.
Why Pacquai Chose Thurman?
After turning down the Spence fight, it was expected that Pacquaio (61-7-2, 39 KOs) will take on Thurman as he is easiest of the four Welterweight Champions. His last title defense against Josesito Lopez was really weak. He is obviously not the same fighter he used to be two years ago.
Boxing is one of those sports in which you can’t take long breaks. If you do so, you don’t come back the same fighter. Obviously there are a few exceptions but those fighters are usually the ones who have great punching power and speed.
Pacquiao vs Mayweather Rematch
Even though Mayweather Jr. says that he has no interest in fighting Pacquiao but he is still meeting the Philippines in next week. Beating Thurman is probably the last option he has to get the Mayweather fight because both the fighters are getting old. Fans are also starting to forget about Mayweather because he hasn’t fought any good fighter since 2015.
If Thurman beats Pacquaio, fans won’t be interested the Pacquaio vs Mayweather fight anymore. The contract between Pacquaio and Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) hasn’t been signed yet and Mayweather sill has time to intervene and replace Thurman. Pacquaio has being wanting the rematch for a long time. So, he will happily replace Thurman. Fan won’t be disappointed either. Rather they would prefer the Pacquaio take on Mayweather.
Pacquaio Choosing Easy Fights
If Pacquaio took the Spence fight, he would have made way more money. Thurman look really weak in his title defense against Josesito Lopez whole Spence on the other hand completely destroyed Mickey Garcia. Pacquaio is clearly going for the easier fight.
Manny beat Adrien Broner last year by a 12 round unanimous decision. Broner was a very easy fight for Pacquaio. It was almost like he was looking for a fight he would definitely win. Manny is doing the same thing again but Thurman is a big step up from Broner at least.
Thurman Isn’t Focused On Boxing Anymore
There are some who believe that Thurman’s head is no longer focused on boxing. Now that Thurman has made a lot of money from being a world champion, he’s got a lot of things going on outside of the ring. For a fighter to do well in boxing, they need to love the sport. Thurman might not have that love anymore. Pacquiao is catching ‘One Time’ at the right point in his career.
Thurman doesn’t seem to be that focused on boxing anymore. To be able to become the best, you need to love boxing. Pacquaio has chosen the right time to take on Thurman.
Is Pacquaio really taking on easy fights? Pacquaio vs Mayweather 2 could be possible? Thurman’s career is ending?
Join The Discussion Group!
Join Boxing Black Belt’s Facebook Group for more boxing related discussions.