Keith Thurman Calls out Manny Pacquiao, Disagrees with Boxing Rankings

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2017

Keith Thurman poses for photographs after a welterweight championship boxing match against Danny Garcia on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in New York. Thurman won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Boxer Keith Thurman told TMZ Sports that he would love to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring.

"It's kinda ironic that I'm the only welterweight in the world that holds two world titles and he's still ranked above me," he said.

"At the end of the day we want that Pacman fight. I can't wait to negotiate that fight. Shoot, he can pick the date, he can pick anything he wants because I'm ready to put hands on him."

Thurman also said he was open to a rematch against Danny Garcia, whom he beat on Mar. 4 to claim the WBC welterweight title to go along with his WBA welterweight belt.

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Confidence has never been an issue for Thurman, who touted himself as an all-around threat before facing Garcia.

"There hasn't been one opponent who's gotten in the ring with me and said that my power isn't for real," he told Lyle Fitzsimmons of CBS Sports in early March. "I think my power and my boxing IQ will be the same. I can change it up. I can do what I need to do, so you are unable to do what you want to do."

He's certainly backed it up over his career with a perfect 28-0 record. But Thurman still isn't considered the top welterweight in the world by some. Dan Rafael of, for instance, still has Pacquiao rated as the top welterweight and Thurman No. 2. And certainly Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are the most recognizable names in the division.

Thurman is looking for the opportunity to prove he belongs in that category.


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