Thurman Targets Pacquiao Bout

Thurman Targets Pacquiao Bout

Unbeaten welterweight Keith Thurman insists he wants to take on Manny Pacquiao next after he beat Josesito Lopez on Saturday night.

The WBA welterweight champion earned a majority decision in New York in what was his first fight since March 2017.

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Thurman was last seen against Danny Garcia but injuries have derailed his progress and he had to shake off plenty of rustiness on Saturday.

He controlled the early rounds and knocked Lopez down before then tiring in the latter stages.

In the end, Thurman was deemed the winner by two judges by scores of 115-111 and 117-109 with the third seeing it as a 113-113 draw. After the fight, the former WBC king called out WBA champion Pacquiao.

He told reporters: “The champ is back. Maybe Brooklyn, maybe Vegas, wherever Manny Pacquiao wants it. I’d even fight him in the Philippines if I have to.”

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