How about we get a sequel to the match he had last year against Keith Thurman?
I mean, there wasn’t anything wrong with the first fight these two had which saw Pacquiao edge out a close split decision in Las Vegas last July. When boxing fans and media rattle off their “Best of 2019 Fights”, you’d be hard-pressed to find this one not crack the Top 10 on any of them.
While we wait for Pacquiao to finish up with his Senator duties, Thurman is out this week making the media rounds. Speaking with “At The Fights” on SiriusXM Radio Monday Night, Thurman is just waiting for the next challenger as he is coming off elbow surgery, which will keep his return to the ring about the same time Pacquiao wraps up his duties.
“I look at [the division] a little bit like chess, it’s one move at a time. I just look forward to whatever comes my way,” Thurman said on SiriusXM.
"I look at [the division] a little bit like chess, it's one move at a time. I just look forward to whatever comes my way."-@Keithfthurmanjr explains to @CommishRandyG and @GerryCooney how he will tackle the welterweight division pic.twitter.com/bqoYKcdYuv
— SiriusXM Boxing (@SiriusXMBoxing) March 10, 2020
While Thurman will take on whoever they put in front of him, Many are still trying to guess who Pacquiao will take on next. One of those names mentioned is Mikey Garcia, who, after his victory over Jessie Vargas last month, is hoping to land a shot against Pacquiao.
I don’t see the appeal in it, but I understand why Garcia would want the fight, of course.
I don't see the appeal in a Manny Pacquiao-Mikey Garcia matchup at all.
— Marquis Johns (@weaksauceradio) March 1, 2020
Thurman, when speaking about Garcia, feels that he isn’t a true welterweight.
“You take the origin of your original weight, and once you start moving up in weight class, you know the number one thing that any lightweight brings into the weight class is speed,” Thurman said. “Sometimes it’s movement and just that in and out. I think Mikey boxes well when it comes to the distance. He played a very nice distance match against Errol (Spence Jr.), but because he’s not a true welterweight, he was having a lot of problems doing the things that he said he was going to be able to do.”
Thurman’s take on Garcia is one that many others have had and are often wonder why he hasn’t moved back down, but for a chance at Pacquiao, it’s going to be at 147.
This for me is why a rematch between Pacquiao and Thurman seems like a good idea and a logical one.
One is safe to assume that Pacquiao isn’t going to want to fight forever and has aspirations to become president in his native country of the Philippines soon. Why not end a legendary career with a second go-round against Thurman, who, in his own right, has solid wins on his resume against Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.
Is Errol Spence ready to take on Pacquiao? That would be the only name I’d put in front of Thurman next for Pacquiao. Outside of that, let’s have this one again.