It seems that the Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 will have to wait.
When Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring in July, it’s going to be either former world titlist Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman who will be fighting him and not Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
International matchmaker Sean Gibbons said yesterday he and the 40-year-old reigning Filipino World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion whittled down the list of Pacquiao’s next opponent.
“It’s either Garcia or Thurman,” said Gibbons.
The announcement made by the Pacquiao camp came while Mayweather is in the country for a brief vacation.
Both Garcia and Thurman, however, belong to the same Premier Boxing Champions stable of Al Haymon, a known associate of Mayweather.
Garcia, 31 and an ex-welterweight title holder, must do well in his fight against Adrian Granados on April 20 in Carson, California to stay in the mix in the Pacquiao sweepstakes.
“But we’ll see what happens in the Garcia fight on April 20,” added Gibbons.
Garcia has a record of 36-2, with 20 KOs.
A Garcia loss would make Thurman the logical choice to face Pacquiao, who is coming off a dominant unanimous decision win over Adrian Broner last January 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to retain his 147-lb belt.
A week after Pacquiao’s victory, Thurman retained his WBA super-welterweight crown by scoring a majority decision over Josesito Lopez in a bout that saw the unbeaten American get staggered in the seventh round.
Incidentally, Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) beat Garcia via split decision in a welterweight unification bout in October 25, 2016.