On Tuesday afternoon, it was officially announced that Manny Pacquiao would challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (super) welterweight title on Saturday, July 20 from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas (9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports PPV).
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During the presser, Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) said the old guard of boxing, formerly led by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao, would be gone once he defeats boxing's only eight-division world champion and sends him into retirement alongside his former foe.
— Keith Thurman Jr. (@keithfthurmanjr) May 21, 2019
It didn't long for the fighter many boxing pundits feel is the best fighter at 147 pounds and arguably top 5 pound-for-pound in IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr. to take a shot at what "One Time" said.
Yo ass just don’t disappear IF you win‼️‼️ https://t.co/O50HO3Z9TM
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) May 21, 2019
The comments made by Spence appear to stem from Thurman taking a 22-month layoff due to injuries after he beat Danny Garcia in March 2017 to become the unified welterweight champion. When we returned to the ring and defeated Josesito Lopez in January, Thurman stated that 2019 would be his 'get back year.' A fight against Spence would have to wait until 2020, and only if it was a unification bout with at least three world titles on the line. Clearly, Spence didn't take too kindly to those words and wanted to remind Thurman to he'll be around should "One Time" get past Pacquiao in July.
Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) most recently fought in March, winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Mikey Garcia. "The Truth" is expected to return late summer/early fall against WBC titleholder Shawn Porter.