Manny Pacquiao made headlines after defeating Keith Thurman in their fight in Las Vegas and capturing the WBA Welterweight title at the age of 40.
Many people are already speculating on what will be next for the boxing icon. According to Pacquiao, his next fight will be last year.
KAMI presents to you a list of seven possible next opponents for the Filipino legend:
1. Floyd Mayweather
Viewers were surprised when they saw Mayweather enter the ring during the fighters’ introduction at Pacquiao and Thurman’s fight. This means that Mayweather and Pacquiao are communicating with each other and might be planning a sequel to the highest-grossing boxing match of all time. Pacquiao has been more active in the ring than Mayweather so the result of the rematch might be different than their first fight.
2. Mikey Garcia
Garcia failed to win a title in the welterweight division in his lopsided loss to Errol Spence. He could get another crack at a world title if Pacquiao chooses him as his next opponent. This is a possibility since Garcia is one of the biggest names in the division and is a big threat to Pacquiao.
3. Terence Crawford
Crawford is considered as one of the best fighters in any division today. If he and Pacquiao were to fight, the Filipino boxer would be considered as a huge underdog. There have been rumors that before Pacquiao left Bob Arum, the latter was proposing a fight with Crawford.
4. Errol Spence
Errol Spence, along with Crawford, are the two top dogs in the welterweight division. He is big, skilfull, powerful, and young, and would be a huge favorite to beat Pacquiao in a fight. However, this fight is still a possibility since Pacquiao is always up for a difficult challenge.
5. Vasyl Lomachenko
The current pound-for-pound king Lomachenko fights in the 135-division while Pacquiao fights in the 147-divison. If they were to fight, they would probably meet in the 140-division. Lomachenko is in his prime but Pacquiao could still get a win due to the latter being bigger, stronger and more explosive than the Ukrainian fighter.
6. Amir Khan
Khan has already declined as a fighter but is still a big money fight for anyone in the welterweight division. Pacquiao might choose him as his next opponent if he wants a safe but financially-rewarding fight.
7. Keith Thurman
Thurman expressed his desire for a rematch with Pacquiao after his first loss. As for Pacquiao, he also seemed to be open to a rematch in the post-fight interview. The possible rematch would probably depend on the earnings of their first fight.
KAMI previously reported about Pacquiao knocking down Thurman in the first round of their match.
Manny Pacquiao married Jinkee on May 10, 2000. They have five kids – Emmanuel Jr. (Jimuel), Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace (Princess), Queen Elizabeth (Queenie) and Israel.
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