Keith Thurman vs Manny Pacquiao

Keith Thurman vs Manny Pacquiao Live: It’s 2019 and Manny Pacquiao is back in the A-side role of a pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas.

Keith Thurman vs Manny Pacquiao Live

In a true testament to the greatness and longevity of the 24-year professional, Pacquiao will enter Saturday’s title bout against unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman as the betting favorite when the two touch gloves inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Fox PPV, 9 p.m. ET).

For the 40-year-old Pacquiao, the only fighter in boxing history to win titles in eight divisions, the fight moves him one step closer to proving he’s the best 147-pound fighter in a crowded and dangerous division. It would also help cement even further his Hall of Fame resume with a victory over a prime and powerful opponent who lacks nothing in terms of speed and technique.

It may come as no surprise that the 30-year-old Thurman isn’t expecting to roll over for the Filipino icon. The brash champion, known as “One Time,” has predicted a knockout of Pacquiao and has willingly stated his intention to retire him.

“I say I’m going to put him to sleep because I’ve got power,” Thurman said during Wednesday’s final press conference. “I want to remind the world of something, something very simple: I’m Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman. I have the name for a reason, not a short season.

“Manny isn’t going to do anything. With the little ‘T-Rex’ arms. He’s about to get beat up. I get to punch a Senator in the face and he’s going to feel it. If he’s upset about it, he can do something about it Saturday night. It’s called swing, swing, swing baby.”

True to form, Pacquiao has been anything but offended and has brushed off the trash talk in favor of focusing on his hopes for a toe-to-toe clash that excites the fans.

“For me, nothing is personal,” Pacquiao said. “I have to do my job and there is nothing personal with him. Our job is to fight and he has to prove something, and I have to prove something. That’s why I’m so motivated for this fight and this training camp.”

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The fight will take place in the gambling capital of the world, however, and Thurman hasn’t hidden from the fact that he has placed a substantial bet on himself to score an early knockout.

“I’m a winner in life, and to bet on myself to win in the opening rounds,” Thurman said. “It makes me do what I said earlier, which is swing, swing, swing. You’ve got to swing to hit a home run. You can’t just sit there and pump fake all day.”

In addition to the monumental showdown between Pacquiao and Thurman on Saturday night is an important battle at 168 pounds when Caleb Plant defends his IBF crown against Mike Lee in the final bout before the card moves to PPV. The two have engaged in a bitter war of words in the lead up to this one and are expecting fireworks when they reach the ring inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Plus, it’s the return of some other big names in boxing with Yordenis Ugas, Omar Figueroa, Luis Nery and Sergey Lipinets all making their way back to the ring. And the super prospect at heavyweight Efe Ajagba is back with his next test ahead of him. Ajagba famously had an opponent exit the ring and head immediately back to the locker room as the first bell rang to start a fight.

Thurman vs Pacquiao

Thurman vs Pacquiao : Even at 40 years old, Manny Pacquiao continues to be a relevant force in the boxing world. He holds the WBA Welterweight Championship and will compete for another title on Saturday night. All that stands in his way of the WBA “Super” welterweight belt is undefeated champion Keith Thurman.

Keith Thurman vs Manny Pacquiao Live

Thurman represents an impressive challenge for Pacquiao. He’s 10 years younger and holds an impressive 29-0-1 record with 22 wins by knockout. Thurman is a powerful fighter, and if Pacquiao hopes to add to his title collection, he’ll have to rely on technical skill and avoid a slugfest.

For Pacquiao, this fight is about his love of boxing and about proving he is still one of the top fighters in the sport.

“I continue because boxing is my passion,” he said, per George Willis of the New York Post. “God has given me good health, speed and power. I want to keep boxing.”

For Thurman, the fight is a way to establish his own legend.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend and create my own legacy,” Thurman said, per Willis.

Who will come out on top? What kind of fight will this be? Read on for some predictions for Saturday night’s main event along with everything you need to know about fight night.

 

Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) vs. Thurman (29-0, 22 KO)

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

When: Saturday, July 30, at 9 p.m. ET

National TV: Fox Sports pay-per-view

Odds (from OddsChecker): Pacquiao -148

    

Undercard

Omar Figueroa Jr.  vs. Yordenis Ugas

Sergey Lipinets vs. Jayar Inson

Luis Nery (c) vs. Juan Carlos Payano for the IBF Super Lightweight titlea

Thurman Vs Pacquiao

Thurman Vs Pacquiao: Even at 40 years old, Manny Pacquiao continues to be a relevant force in the boxing world. He holds the WBA Welterweight Championship and will compete for another title on Saturday night. All that stands in his way of the WBA “Super” welterweight belt is undefeated champion Keith Thurman.

Keith Thurman vs Manny Pacquiao Live

Thurman represents an impressive challenge for Pacquiao. He’s 10 years younger and holds an impressive 29-0-1 record with 22 wins by knockout. Thurman is a powerful fighter, and if Pacquiao hopes to add to his title collection, he’ll have to rely on technical skill and avoid a slugfest.

For Pacquiao, this fight is about his love of boxing and about proving he is still one of the top fighters in the sport.

“I continue because boxing is my passion,” he said, per George Willis of the New York Post. “God has given me good health, speed and power. I want to keep boxing.”

For Thurman, the fight is a way to establish his own legend.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend and create my own legacy,” Thurman said, per Willis.

Who will come out on top? What kind of fight will this be? Read on for some predictions for Saturday night’s main event along with everything you need to know about fight night.

Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) vs. Thurman (29-0, 22 KO)

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

When: Saturday, July 30, at 9 p.m. ET

National TV: Fox Sports pay-per-view

Odds (from OddsChecker): Pacquiao -148

    

Undercard

Omar Figueroa Jr.  vs. Yordenis Ugas

Sergey Lipinets vs. Jayar Inson

Luis Nery (c) vs. Juan Carlos Payano for the IBF Super Lightweight title

Thurman vs Pacquiao

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Keith Thurman vs Manny Pacquiao Live

LAS VEGAS — Living legend and boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will look to turn back the clock once again when the 40-year-old steps into the ring with the powerful and unbeaten Keith “One Time” Thurman for Thurman’s WBA (Super) welterweight title under the bright lights of the MGM Grand Garden Arena on pay per view.

Pacquiao’s career has seen a spectacular resurrection after back-to-back impressive outings against Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner. The Filipino senator will have his third fight in just over a year, and easily his most challenging test since Floyd Mayweather, when he steps into the ring with Keith Thurman and looks to climb back into the esteemed pound for pound rankings.

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Across from him will be Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs 1 No Contest), the former unified welterweight champion who will look to end Pacquiao’s career and turn back what has become a remarkable comeback story. For Thurman, turning back the challenge of Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) would be the biggest victory of his career and one that would catapult his name back into the pound for pound conversation and, perhaps more importantly, the mainstream.

Both fighters will enter the ring with a ton of questions hovering above. Can Pacquiao really be one of the best in the world at the age of 40? How will Thurman look after being hurt badly by journeyman Josesito Lopez in his last outing, which was Thurman’s first after a nearly two-year layoff? Who wants it more?

We will soon find out.

Also, in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event, Caleb Plant will put his IBF super-middleweight title on the line against Mike Lee in a showdown that has developed some serious bad blood. Plant (18-0, 10 KOs) claimed the title with a brilliant performance against Jose Uzcategui earlier this year. Lee (21-0, 11 KOs) is a face that you may have seen in a Subway commercial but the 32-year-old from Illinois looks to prove that he’s not just another opponent and snare the title away from Plant.

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Sporting News will have live coverage of Pacquiao-Thurman and a full stacked undercard beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight card

FOX PPV Main Card

  • Welterweights: Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) vs. (c) Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs 1 No Contest)
  • Welterweights: Yordenis Ugás (23-4, 11 KOs) vs Omar Figueroa Jr. (28-0-1, 19 KOs)
  • Welterweights: Sergey Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOs) vs. Jayar Inson (18-2, 12 KOs)
  • Bantamweights: Luis Nery (29-0, 23 KOs) vs. Juan Carlos Payano (21-2, 9 KOs)

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FOX PBC Fight Night Card

  • Super Middleweights; (c) Caleb Plant (18-0, 10 KOs) vs. Mike Lee (21-0, 11 KOs)
  • Heavyweights: Efe Ajagba (10-0, 9 KOs) vs. Ali Eren Demirezen (11-0, 10 KOs)
  • Welterweights: Emmanuel Medina (16-0, 9 KOs) vs. Peter Dobson (10-0, 6 KOs)
  • Welterweights: Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) vs. Jimmy Williams (16-2-1, 5 KOs)
  • Flyweights: Genisis Libranza (18-1, 10 KOs) vs. Carlos Maldonado (11-3, 7 KOs)
  • Featherweights: John Leo Dato (11-0-1, 7 KOs) vs. Juan Antonio Lopez (13-6, 5 KOs)

Pacquiao-Thurman Betting Odds

(As of Saturday, July 20)

  • Manny Pacquiao: -150 (5Dimes)
  • Keith Thurman: +140 (5Dimes)

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