‘I want that belt back’: Keith Thurman still wants rematch with Pacquiao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2020 07:36 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2020 09:56 PM

Former champion Keith Thurman is determined to get another shot at Manny Pacquiao, who handed Thurman’s only loss in more than 30 fights in their July 2019 clash.

Pacquiao delivered one of his better performances in recent years against Thurman by knocking down the erstwhile unbeaten titlist en route to a split decision win, which crowned Pacquiao as the new WBA "super" welterweight champion.

“I want the opportunity to get my title back,” Thurman says in an article posted on BoxingScene.com.

“It was my title that [Pacquiao] took and I would love that opportunity. It’s not mandated or forced upon him, so it’s just really up to him and what he’s choosing to do.”

Thurman, who said he will hound Pacquiao for the rematch until the latter retires, added he would have faced IBF and WBA welter king Errol Spence if not for his title defeat to Pacquiao.

“I gotta blame Manny Pacquiao for that. A part of me wants my get back. I would really love to share the ring with him once again," he said.

“It was just such an amazing experience (fighting him). It was one of my favorite fights of all time. I’d love to relive it and possibly get that opportunity to get the belt back.”

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