Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are in ‘advanced talks’ for a potential welterweight title fight, according to reports.
July 13 is said to be the current target date if the bout comes to fruition, with July 20 another possibility. Either way, it will fit in between Pacquiao’s political commitments to the Filipino senate.
It is claimed by FOX Sports’ Mike Coppinger that a deal is expected to be completed, although it is not yet done.
Pacquiao, 40, was last seen comprehensively outboxing Adrien Broner on January 19.
One week later, 30-year-old Thurman returned from a two-year lay-off to beat Josesito Lopez.
While neither man has looked at their scintillating best of late, a meeting would still prove very intriguing.
The match-up would pit the WBA’s secondary ‘regular’ title holder against the WBA’s major ‘super’ title holder and eliminate the superfluous extra belt.
Elsewhere in the welterweight division, IBF champion Errol Spence is being lined up for a unification with WBC champion Shawn Porter.