Now that word on the street is Manny Pacquiao is making a return to the boxing ring sometime in late 2016, it appears that plenty of welterweights want a piece of the ‘Pacman’ and the associated lucrative payday it brings.
Pacquiao last fought when he comprehensively shut down Timothy Bradley in their rubber match, but at the time, had said that was it for him and boxing and instead was choosing to concentrate on his political commitments in his home country moving forward.
However as well all know, this is boxing, and recently his promoter Bob Arum revealed that Manny has told him he is more than willing to get back in the ring this year – but only if training around his senatorial duties can be accommodated.
The latest man to jump on this bandwagon since this new broke has been none other than WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, who is currently riding the crest of a waive following a toe to toe battle win over fellow American Shawn Porter recently.
Thurman took to Twitter to say:
Hey @mannypacquiao: If everyone else don’t want it, we can dance! Let’s give the fans a real prizefight? #OneTimepic.twitter.com/gqVQZD3h5F
— Keith Thurman Jr. (@keithfthurmanjr) July 16, 2016
Stylistically you’d have to think that a potential Thurman vs Pacquiao fight would make for one hell of a match up, power, speed and all action styles on display would promise for fireworks.
This call out comes in a time where Danny Garcia reportedly turned down between $3-4 million dollars to face Pacquiao, so one would suspect Thurman might need a little more than that in order to get a potential fight over the line.
Both Garcia and Thurman fight on Premier Boxing Champions headed by Al Haymon, who also advises both fighters.
Recently Haymon and US promoters Top Rank began working together again after settling a previous lawsuit out of court.
With Haymon and Top Rank’s Bob Arum on speaking terms again, it is not inconceivable that a Thurman vs Pacquiao fight can’t now once again get made.
(Image source and credit: Keith Thurman Twitter)
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