Pacquiao explains reason for choosing Keith Thurman as next opponent

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring to fight Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao has no immediate plans to hang up his gloves as the veteran fighter announced he will return to the ring this summer against Keith Thurman.

Eight-division world champion Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), the 40-year-old Filipino icon who holds a secondary welterweight world title, is coming off a one-sided decision over Adrien Broner on January 19 defense in Las Vegas.

Manny Pacquiao (right) fights Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout.

The 30-year-old last fought Josesito Lopez on January 26 and won by majority decision.

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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 a year ago. He has faced and beaten two former welterweight champions, Robert Guerrero and Danny Garcia, and one current welterweight champion of the world, Shawn Porter. Just fighting a legend, I just feel like the clock is ticking, ' Thurman said, according to ESPN, after the fight with Lopez.

The date for a long-awaited Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman showdown has finally been revealed.

Last time out, Pacquiao saw off Broner convincingly, defeating the four-division champion on points in Las Vegas. "It's an exciting fight and I think the fans would love it". "I'd even fight him in the Philippines if I have to".

Gibbons admits that the dates July 13 or July 20 remain in play for Pacquiao's first fight since beating Adrien Broner last January. "After signing with Al Haymon and the PBC, Pacquiao has a clear play and has a mission to fight the best and that's where we at", he added.

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