Thurman wants a Pacquiao rematch

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Pacquiao rolled back the years to outpoint the younger man last month to continue his brilliant career at the age of 40.

Having knocked Thurman down in the first round, there seemed little doubt about the result, although Pacquiao had to rely on a split decision victory.

And now Thurman is ready to hold face-to-face talks with the Filipino to force a second installment.

“I’m ready for the rematch,” he told TMZ . “He just got off to a good start, I was behind, and he was just a little bit calmer than I expected Manny Pacquiao to be.

“At his age, he’s calming down, he’s not taking chances like a young fighter. He’s smarter, he’s been through it all.

“I still got a lot of respect for him. I still think the fight was nothing more than a draw. I don’t really think he won the fight.

“I know it was close, sometimes it’s a coin toss… but a coin toss is sometimes 50-50 and you gotta pick heads or tails.”

Pacquiao does not plan to fight again this year after returning to his homeland to focus on his political career.

But Thurman added: “I might have to go the Philippines and we’ll need to talk in person. I might have to do that. Apparently the Philippines loves me now.

“They are big fans of Keith Thurman out there; before they weren’t, but now they love me.

“They loved the fight, they loved the action, it wasn’t the Floyd Mayweather fight [with Pacquiao], it wasn’t the Adrien Broner fight [with Pacquiao], it was a real deal championship boxing match.”