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Pacquiao v Thurman near after Mayweather snub / Spence v Porter close

World Boxing News 26/04/2019
Spence Porter

📸 Amanda Westcott

A massive welterweight double is moving closer to reality with world title holders Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter and Errol Spence all involved.

Following a failed bid to lure Floyd Mayweather out of retirement, WBA champion Pacquiao has turned his attention to a battle with ‘Super’ ruler Thurman.

The pair are set to meet in Las Vegas this July, with an announcement close after extended talks between both sides.

Pacquiao had been hoping for a rematch with the ‘Money’ man. This came on the back of the legend signing up with Mayweather’s promotional outfit.

Not so, as Mayweather decided against a comeback. Floyd hasn’t fought since 2017. Also not trained properly in a full camp since 2015.

At 42 years of age, Mayweather obviously believes his body has had enough of top-level boxing.

As the ‘Pacman’ prepared to move on, Thurman quickly emerged as the number one choice in front of Danny Garcia.

The MGM Grand is favorite to land the fight this summer.

In another huge match-up, Spence is set to battle Porter for the IBF and WBC titles.

Terence Crawford had called out Spence after beating Amir Khan. Although the Porter encounter was already in the works by the time last weekend unfolded.

Spence has the opportunity to build on his success as Porter begins as the underdog for their match-up.

Porter has never shirked a challenge. ‘Showtime’ was ready for a rematch with Garcia if Spence had wanted to seek out Crawford.

TV and promoter differences were always going to get in the way of Spence v Crawford from day one.

COLD WAR

Bob Arum and Al Haymon working together seems to be a complete non-starter. Boxing once again finds itself in the midst of another cold war.

As Spence is signed with Premier Boxing Champions and Crawford it tied to Top Rank, the prospect of the US stars locking horns is remote.

Potentially as time passes things could change. But for now, Arum and Haymon are currently distancing themselves from each other at every opportunity.

The winners of Pacquiao v Thurman and Spence v Garcia would then be in line for an amazing three-belt battle in November of December for all the marbles.

That is except Crawford’s WBO version.

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