Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman Odds, Preview & Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on July 19, 2019 in

In a fight that is being dubbed as “One Time” vs. “All Time”, we will see one of the “All-Time” greats, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao take on Keith “One Time” Thurman for the WBA Welterweight Championship. The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will play host to this huge bout on Saturday Night. Let’s take a look at the Boxing Odds while making some predictions.

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman Odds, Preview & Pick

Pacquiao Primed and Ready

The 40-year-old Pacquiao has had a Hall of Fame career. The fighter who has held titles in eight divisions will be fighting in his 71st career fight comes into this bout with a record of 61-7-2 with 39 knockouts He has fought such big-name fighters as Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Timothy Bradley, Adrien Broner, and Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao is a small welterweight. He is listed at 5’6” with a 67-inch reach.

He is known for his ring savvy, his speed, and his skills. In his younger years, Pacquiao was known to throw many more punches than his opponents. He has enough power to do damage when he does connect with his jabs, punches, and counter punches. His experience in knowing how to pace himself for a 12 round fight could be integral to his success in this fight.

Thurman Seeks to Shake off Rust

Keith “One Time” Thurman hasn’t fought the caliber of fighters that Pacquiao has, but he is undefeated with a record of 29-0-0 with 22 knockouts. The 30-year-old Thurman will have the height and reach advantage over Pacquiao. He is 5’9” with a 69-in reach. Thurman’s most notable opponents have been Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Robert Guerrero.

While Pacquiao has been impressive in his last two fights, both victories, Thurman has struggled. Due to injuries to his elbow, Thurman has only fought twice in the last three years. In his last fight with Josesito Lopez, he looked like someone who had been out of action for a while. The last two fights were won by decision, where he outpointed both Lopez and Danny Garcia. Thurman has changed his style over the years. Once known as a “power puncher”, Thurman is now seen as more of a boxer than a puncher. Thurman isn’t flashy and isn’t known for one particular style of fighting, but he does have the reputation of being a very intelligent fighter.

This year has lacked a lot of huge fights in the boxing world. This could be one of, if not, the top fight of the year up to this date. This will be a highly contested fight that should be very close. The edge in experience will obviously go to Pacquiao. However, 70 fights have taken a huge toll on his body. He’s not as quick and powerful as he once was, but he still has what it takes to defeat Thurman. With the height and reach advantage, Thurman will be looking to land some power shots on Pacquiao. We haven’t seen any recent knockout power from Pacquiao, so if he tries to come in and land some shots, he could be an easy target for Thurman.

If Thurman will use his power and leverage to throw Pacquiao off of his game, it will be a huge advantage for “One Time”.Huge MatchupLas Vegas has been craving for a huge fight for some time. The boxing world is hoping that this fight lives up to the hype and that the Manny Pacquiao of yesteryear shows up to fight with the undefeated Keith Thurman. It should be a fun one at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday Night.