It would be difficult to conceive of a boxer that carries more fame and respect than Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao. Consider that Pacquiao has a litany of accomplishments that include awards such as Boxer of the Decade, the top ranking for pound for pound boxer in the world, and the distinction of being the only eight division champion in the history of boxing. Yet Pacquiao may be facing the biggest challenge of his career since his epic unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2, 2015. On July 20, Pacquiao will face World Boxing Association World Welterweight champion Keith Thurman, who has never lost a fight in his professional career. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be hosting this highly anticipated fight. Incredibly enough, Pacquiao is the slight favorite to take away Thurman’s belt.
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Manny Pacquiao -130
Keith Thurman +110
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FOX Pay Per View will present Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2) as he challenges defending champion Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 knockouts) for the World Boxing Association World Welterweight title. This fight is scheduled for 12 rounds and will take place on July 20, 2019 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Manny Pacquiao is a three-time Fighter of the Year and also has the title of Senator to his name as he serves in that capacity in his native Philippines. Among the big name wins on his resume includes the great Oscar De Lay Hoya. At the age of 40 Pac Man is like a very fine wine. He has been pure vintage in his recent fights.
Pacquiao is coming off a strong performance in a 12 round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner. This followed a knockout win over Lucas Matthysse one year ago to win the World Boxing Association welterweight championship.
"All my life I have confronted challenges -- in life, in politics, and inside the ring," said Pacquiao."Keith Thurman is the type of challenge I crave as a fighter. He is the biggest and best test.That is why I want to fight him.We are going to give boxing fans an exciting fight and a great night."
As for Thurman he is the longest reigning welterweight champion in boxing as he won the WBA championship over Diego Chaves in 2013. Thurman has paid out in all eight of his title defense bouts heading into this matchup with the Pac Man. Thurman is famed for his moniker “One Time” which refers to his devastating punching power.
"I'm extremely excited for this opportunity to get a fight that I've wanted for a long time,'' said Thurman. "The right circumstances have aligned for it to happen now and I'm grateful for that. Me and my team are looking forward to it. It's going to be an honor to be in the ring with Manny Pacquiao. It's going to be fun to go back to MGM Grand.
"Manny Pacquiao is beatable. He's been beaten before in his career. He's a fan favorite and a legend. For me his boxing tactics are predictable. He fights in spurts and you have to take advantage of that. You have to be respectful of his power. But I believe my movement, athleticism and ring knowledge will be able to present him something he's not seen in all his years of boxing.''
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In this situation Keith Thurman is a dangerous dog that would normally be the favorite if not for Pacquiao’s name brand marquee. Clearly, Thurman is the superior value and proven champion. The record shows that nobody defends a championship better than Keith Thurman.
Boxing Odds Pick: Keith Thurman
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