After the American soldier stated that their battle last month should have been a draw, the Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao’s camp has shot down the option of a reunion against Keith Thurman.
In the first round on the way to claiming a split decision when they fought last month, Pacquiao knocked down Thurman in the process of capturing Thurman’s WBA welterweight championship.
Thurman proclaimed himself “ready for the replay” in a latest interview.
There is no reason for Gibbons to do a rematch against Thurman, as there is very little public outcry for one. Moreover, despite settling for a split decision, Pacquiao was the clear winner of the battle.
Similarly, Gibbons shot down a prospective game with Australia’s Jeff Horn, who defeated Pacquiao very controversially in 2017 when they fought in Brisbane. Instead of getting those battles back, Gibbons and Team Pacquiao are moving forward and seeing other names in the welterweight division.
The plan is for Pacquiao to return by the first quarter of 2020, Gibbons said. Meanwhile, Pacquiao is on a “victory lap.”