Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision to win Walterweight title at age of 40 July 19, By totalsportek2 MGM Grand in Las Vegas is set to host probably the biggest fight of the year with former 8 division champion Manny Pacquiao taking on WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman in what should be a crackig boxing fight at one of the boxing most iconic venues. Its a massive fight for Keither Thurman who for some reason will be the undercard considering the bookmakers odds. There are some quality undercard fights which include Yordenis Ugas vs. Keith Thurman was installed as favourite when the fight was announced but as we are getting closer to the fight night, Pacquiao has overtaken Thurman as far as bookmakers odds are concerned in the fighting capital of the world. Manny Pacquiao will be hoping to lit up MGM Grand in Vegas once again at the age of 40 while Thurman must win this fight to keep him at the very top of walterweight division.
When is Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman? Are tickets still available for Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman? We all know what Pacquiao has achieved in the ring but how does he match up with Keith Thurman?
As for Thurman, the important stat here is his activity, or lack of. He has only fought twice in the last three years due to injuries to his elbow and hand and understandably did not look as slick in his return fights against Danny Garcia and Josesito Lopez.
Crucially though, he outpointed them to set up the biggest fight of his career so far.
Analysing the records of their last 15 opponents at the time in which they fought Pacquiao and Thurman, it is no surprise to see such high win percentages and experience. Thurman is the favourite, but only just. As Pacquiao has aged, a few cracks have appeared in his game.
He does not possess the finishing ability he used to have but his fight IQ is still as good as it gets along with his experience, and this provides a threat to Thurman. Thurman is incredibly dangerous but after the surgery on his elbow and injury to his hand, it remains to be seen whether he still has that knockout power.
So, how likely is a knockout in this fight? These stats suggest a decision is most likely. Pacquiao has gone the distance in all but two of his last 15 and Thurman has gone the distance in his last three and averages nearly eight rounds per fight. The higher the quality of match-up in the lower weight classes the more likely a decision is and we expect no different in this battle.
If the Thurman that beat Porter turns up, we could easily see him overwhelm Pacquiao but he needs to leverage his youth and power. He needs to gain his respect early and his movement will be crucial to unsettling Pacquiao and disrupting his balance but as this is likely to go 12 rounds, he needs to fight intelligently.
Pacquiao has too much class and experience to get caught and if Thurman telegraphs his power punches, 'Pac Man' will viciously counter as a southpaw. This stage is likely to bring the best out of Thurman but the deciding factor will be how motivated Pacquiao is.
This is going to be a fiercely contested battle and really could go either way but if Pacquiao wants it bad enough, the win is his. Prediction: Pacquiao via Decision.