MANILA -- Keith Thurman, the last man Manny Pacquiao beat, believes he's going to get that rematch very soon.
The former WBA "super" welterweight champion said the COVID-19 pandemic is playing a big part in making the rematch happen since it times the schedule of their availability.
“Every day that nobody is allowed to do anything makes me feel like I’m one day closer to the rematch with Manny Pacquiao,” Thurman told Boxing Scene, referring to the pandemic that put the world into a standstill.
Following his split decision loss to Pacquiao, Thurman underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. He expects to be fully healed by July when Pacquiao is expected to make his ring return.
“I understood after my hand surgery that he was most likely going to step in the ring before August,” Thurman said.
“Now we’re looking at a situation where we might be prepared to step in the ring at the same time. If that’s the case, the ball is in his court. But I just don’t see… someone else giving him a great fight," said Thurman.
The previously unbeaten fighter feels he deserved another shot a Pacquiao because of his status before his loss.
“I also believe I deserve the rematch being an undefeated champion at the time. There wasn’t a (rematch clause), but that’s what I’m looking forward to. This gives me time to be prepared, to line up and be in sync with his future date,” said Thurman.
Pacquiao has previously discussed possible foes in the future, including Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia.
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