Keith Thurman on Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight: 'I Would Love the Rematch'

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2019

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao (R) and US boxer Keith Thurman during their WBA super world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Pacquiao won a 12 round split decision. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Keith Thurman has said he would be open to a rematch with Manny Pacquiao after he was beaten by the veteran on Saturday.

Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion in history after getting the better of Thurman via a split decision in Las Vegas, adding another glorious chapter to what has been an extraordinary career.

Speaking after the fight, Thurman said he'd be keen to get into the ring with Pacquiao again, despite suffering the first loss of his career against the Filipino, per Boxing Scene.

"I knew it was close," said the 30-year-old. "He had the momentum because he got the knockdown in round one. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. My conditioning and my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao's. I would love the rematch."

Following the fight, Thurman paid tribute to his opponent on social media: 

Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis was impressed that Pacquiao was able to get the better of a competitor like Thurman: 

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Thurman was knocked down by his opponent in the first round. Still, he was able to recover well and establish himself in the contest, as he went in search of his 30th professional win from as many fights.

However, he didn't do enough and while one judge gave Thurman the decision 114-113, Pacquiao had it 115-112 with the other two.

BT Sport Boxing broke down some of the incredible feats Pacquiao has accomplished in his career after another memorable night: 

Per Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Pacquiao said the contest triggered memories of one of his first losses, when he was beaten by Erik Morales in 2005: 

When asked about his own plans, Pacquiao said he had no interest in walking away from boxing, despite having just stepped into the ring for the 71st time. "I think I will fight next year," he said, per BBC Sport.

It'll be intriguing to see where Pacquiao does turn next if he doesn't take on a rematch with Thurman.

A week ago, his publicist dismissed suggestions that a date had been set for the Filipino to face Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia in November. 

There is constant talk about a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather, who was ringside for Saturday's contest. However, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said prior to Pacquiao's latest win that "Money" was "content" in retirement and has "no interest" in a repeat of their 2015 showdown, per Keith Idec of Boxing Scene.