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Eight-division boxing world champion and current WBA (regular) welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will take on undefeated WBA (super) welterweight champion Keith “One-Time” Thurman in a big-time welterweight showdown on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are both preparing for the July 20 match with boxing fans and analysts alike hyped at what the fight could bring. In previous weeks, both men have done their respective roles in promoting the match.
As many boxing fans have already expected, Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent is Keith Thurman. Since the announcement of their match, the latter has already gone on a series of big taunts promising he could defeat the Philippine champ. However, one boxing expert does not see it happening.
Thurman presents the biggest challenge for the future Hall-of-Famer Pacquiao in recent years. The Filipino fighting lawmaker has fought Jessie Vargas, Jeff Horn, Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner in his last four bouts. On the other hand, Pacquiao is the biggest name Thurman will have ever faced in his career and this high-stakes match will give the winner a right to claim one of the top spots in one of boxing’s most talent-laden weight classes.
Between the two, Keith Thurman has been quite vocal with the press, claiming that he’s going to retire Manny Pacquiao. While the fighting senator shrugged off the bad-mouthing at first, it has apparently fired him up as has been revealed by his chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, Rappler reported.
The upcoming match was made official last May 22 at a press conference in Las Vegas where both Pacquiao and Thurman were present. The latter did not only promise to defeat Pacquiao, but he also said he would give him a fight that would force him to retire.
One Time vs PacMan Fight Preceding the main event is the first title defense by undefeated IBF Super Middleweight champion Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant against unbeaten challenger Mike Lee.
Fernandez said that the last time he saw this sort of fire from Manny Pacquiao was during his third fight against Eric Morales. The vice mayor went on to add that Keith Thurman will likely see a similar fate as to what befell Morales in 2006.
While speaking to the press, Thurman promised his fans, “I’m gonna make a big statement. You are not gonna want to miss this fight, especially because it’s about to be this man’s last fight.” The Clearwater, Florida-native also talked about how boxing has come to a “new era” and seemingly implied that the older, iconic names need to go.
One Time vs Pac-Man Fight Pacquiao is the sport’s only eight-division champion and the current WBA (regular) champion. He is coming off a one-sided unanimous decision win over Adrien “The Problem” Broner last January 19th. Prior to that, Pacman displayed his old form when he disposed of Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds. Pacquiao talked about fighting again in July after beating Broner. He was linked to Errol Spence for a while but in the end, Al Haymon matched the Filipino ring legend against Thurman.
American boxer and former rival of Manny Pacquiao Chris Algieri also holds the same sentiment, citing the Filipino slugger’s speed as the main factor that would contribute to the win. Meanwhile, Keith Thurman – aside from promoting his upcoming fight – has also called out UFC star Conor McGregor and challenged the Irishman to a boxing match. The 30-year-old mixed martial artist has yet to respond from the provocation.
“I believe boxing has come to a new era. Floyd is gone. Pacquiao’s here. Come July 20, he will disappear,” Thurman taunted. “He’s a legend. He will always be remembered, but I’m going to do to Manny Pacquiao what he did to Oscar De La Hoya. Oscar De La Hoya never fought again. Facts.”
Pacquiao is already 40 years old and has been fighting since 1995. The Pacman has an outstanding record of 61-7-2 with 39 wins by knockout. He stands 5-6 tall with a reach of 76 inches and fights out of the southpaw stance. Since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015, Pacquiao is 4-1 with his only loss that controversial 2017 split decision defeat to Jeff Horn in Australia.
One Time vs Pac Man Fight Returning to Manny Pacquiao, it appears that his camp is preparing him for Keith Thurman’s arsenal, particularly his left hook, right straight and right hook. Conditioning coach Justine Fortune said that while he’s confident that the future Hall-of-Famer will win the match, he’s also acknowledging “One Time” as a very dangerous fighter, PhilStar reported.
However, boxing expert Justin Fortune told Fight Hub TV that Pacquiao still has what it takes to defeat the younger, undefeated boxer who described as “very dangerous.” “They all say it. They’ve said it before and they’ll keep on saying it again,” Fortune said of Thurman’s May 22 statements.
In his prime, Pacquiao was the sport’s most feared offensive machine. Possessing tremendous punching power in both hands, quickness of feet, extremely fast hands and unorthodox punching angles, Pacquiao blitzed one weight class after another. He’s had only one knockout win since 2009 but the older Pacquiao has been a much smarter boxer who has developed good defense as well as excellent boxing skills.
“I think he’s the best fighter Manny’s facing in several years. He’s a champion, too, and unbeaten. [Keith] Thurman’s a little bigger than Manny [Pacquiao] but can’t match his quickness. Manny makes every opponent look like they’re slow because he’s so fast,” Fortune said.
Interestingly, considering the boxers’ stats coming into this match, Pacquiao is technically the underdog. The Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight goes down on July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Thurman was supposed to be the heir of the welterweight division. But injuries and inactivity pushed him in the backseat. After defeating Danny Garcia in 2017 to unify the WBA and WBC belts, Thurman underwent elbow surgery and missed the entire 2018. He finally returned to action last January, one week after Pacquiao beat Broner. Thurman looked rusty but still managed to beat a game Josesito Lopez via decision.
One Time vs Pac-Man Fight As for the odds, it has slightly gone up in favor of the Filipino, although he’s still an underdog. Figures shown by MyBookie last week had Manny Pacquiao at a plus-130 and Keith Thurman at a minus-150. Now, those numbers have changed to a plus-125 for PacMan and a minus-145 for “One Time.”
Thurman is known as one of the hardest hitters at 147 pounds. Aside from his vaunted punching power, Thurman has excellent technical skills and is a very skilled boxer. He also has fast hands and is light on his feet. Thurman is also very durable as he has been knocked down just once in his career, in 2010 by Quandray Robertson. He came back to knock out Robertson in that bout.
This is an interesting fight to call. Thurman has physical advantages over Pacquiao. He is a decade younger, an inch taller and two inches longer. On the other hand, Pacquiao has the edge in experience and is the better boxer between the two. Both have punching power and based on Pacquiao’s recent bouts, it may be Thurman who has the edge in punching power here.
Since he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight, Pacquiao hasn’t been as aggressive as he used to be. He’s more calculated and just uses his boxing skills and power to keep his opponents’ off him. Pacman’s boxing has gotten better with age and combined with his natural gift of punching power, he’s been able to come up with decent wins even past his prime.
Before surgery, Thurman would have been almost been a huge betting favorite over Pacquiao. After beating Danny Garcia, One-Time had established himself as the top welterweight in the sport. However, if we look at his last fight, Thurman looked like a shell of his old self and was nearly stopped by Josesito Lopez. The long layoff may have taken its toll on Thurman but whether that was ring rust or that is the new Thurman, post-elbow surgery, that remains to be seen.