Pacquiao to face Thurman in welterweight showdown in July

Manny Pacquiao, 40, will face undefeated American Keith Thurman on July 20.

Manny Pacquiao   -  Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in July in a WBA welterweight showdown against the undefeated Keith Thurman.

Pacquiao, 40, retained his WBA Regular welterweight crown with a unanimous-decision win over Adrien Broner in January.

The Filipino great (61-7-2) will face Thurman, the WBA Super holder, on July 20 for the welterweight world championship, it was announced on Saturday.

READ | Boxing chiefs hit out at IOC over Tokyo threat

"The summer just got a little hotter!" Pacquiao tweeted, alongside an image promoting the fight.

Thurman (29-0) ended an almost two-year absence from the ring by beating Josesito Lopez at the start of 2019.

The American will be aiming for his sixth successful defence of the title, while eight-time world champion Pacquiao has held his crown since July last year.

Support Sportstar

Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

Read the Free eBook