Los Angeles, May 12: Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in July in a WBA welterweight showdown against the undefeated Keith Thurman.
Pacquiao, 40, retained his WBA Regular welterweight crown with a unanimous-decision win over Adrien Broner in January.
The Filipino great (61-7-2) will face Thurman, the WBA Super holder, on July 20 for the welterweight world championship, it was announced on Saturday (May 11).
"The summer just got a little hotter!" Pacquiao tweeted, alongside an image promoting the fight.
The summer just got a little hotter! pic.twitter.com/SxcZsEauNq— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) May 12, 2019
Thurman (29-0) ended an almost two-year absence from the ring by beating Josesito Lopez at the start of 2019.
The American will be aiming for his sixth successful defence of the title, while eight-time world champion Pacquiao has held his crown since July last year.