Keith Thurman Continues To Push For A Rematch Against Manny Pacquiao
In one of the most stacked divisions in boxing, every welterweight wants a piece of Manny Pacquiao. That includes Keith Thurman, who is hoping to once again face off against the man who beat him for the WBA Welterweight Title.
Thurman (29-1, 1 NC) believes he is one step closer to a rematch with Pacquiao (62-7-2) following their bout in July 2019. He added to his quest when speaking to Boxing Scene, stating that he wants to hold the title he earned in 2013 back.
“I want the opportunity to get my title back,” insists Thurman. “It was my title that [Pacquiao] took and I would love that opportunity. It’s not mandated or forced upon him, so it’s just really up to him and what he’s choosing to do. Until he finishes his career out, I will demand that rematch. I had a goal in mind, I had a dream that when I fight Errol Spence, Jr. it will be for three world titles one way or another. Originally, I was the undefeated, unified welterweight champion. Now, currently, he is the undefeated, unified welterweight champion.
“I would really love to share the ring with him once again. It was just such an amazing experience. It was one of my favorite fights of all time. I’d love to relive it and possibly get that opportunity to get the belt back.”
Thurman and Pacquiao fought in a back and forth affair in Thurman’s second fight since 2017. Out with injuries, it was unknown how Thurman would do following a rusty performance against Josesito Lopez that January. Thurman would hold his own after Pacquiao controlled the early rounds. The later rounds were all Thurman, as he managed to find his mojo at the right time. In the end, Pacquiao ended up winning via split decision.
Currently recovering from another surgery, Thurman doesn’t believe he is 100% ready to compete. He does, however, believe he is a contender again after now starting fresh. Besides Pacquiao, Thurman was interested in a Danny Garcia rematch.
Thurman’s name has also been linked to Terence Crawford. The WBO Middleweight Champion is interested in facing Pacquiao, and Top Rank’s Bob Arum wants that fight in Bahrain if possible. If the Senator of the Philipines isn’t available, Arum did name Thurman as a potential opponent. In Thurman’s mind, however, based on the fight they had, nothing could top the clash against Pacquiao.
“I don’t know what kind of fight Pac’s gonna do,” Thurman went on to say. “No matter what it is, it most likely won’t be a better fight or a better performance than Thurman-Pacquiao. It was arguably one of Pacquiao’s best performances of all time, just the action of the fight. I had people who told me afterward, after the 12th round they were waiting for more action. Nobody knew the fight was over. Nobody paid attention to the rounds. They were just glued to the TV.”
Besides Thurman and Crawford, options for Pacquiao include Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, and even Gennadiy Golovkin.