Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao’s next foe is Keith Thurman on July 20
Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — There’s no easy fight when you’re Manny Pacquiao, who at 40 is a world champion being ranged against younger, hungrier opponents.

On July 20, the Filipino icon returns to the ring to face fellow WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman of Clearwater, Florida.

Pacquiao, an incumbent senator, is 61-7-2 with 39 knockouts while Thurman is undefeated at 29-0 with 22 KOs.

The fight, which took weeks to make, was announced yesterday by PBC (Premier Boxing Champions), which promotes both fighters.

There’s no venue yet although it’s likely to be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – boxing’s epicenter.

Pacquiao confirmed the fight on his Instagram account yesterday, saying, “The summer just got a little hotter!”

A quick press tour is scheduled on May 20-21 with stops in New York and Los Angeles.

Again, for Pacquiao, who’s up against Father Time, there’s no such thing as an easy fight.

In fact, it’s a dangerous fight, one where he’d stake his world title, his boxing career or even his life.

“It’s a real 50-50 fight,” international matchmaker Sean Gibbons told The STAR yesterday.

“But at the end of the day, the senator (Pacquiao) did not get to where he is in life by not taking a few risks,” he said.

Pacquiao has taken all the risks – from his extremely poor childhood days to all the riches of being a global superstar.

Last January, he proved that age is just a number by dominating American Adrien Broner in 12 rounds at the MGM.

“I’m not done yet,” he declared.

On July 20, he will face a champion 10 years younger and hungier, and again seek glory inside the ring.

It’s always easier said than done.

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