British Open 2019 Live

The Open 2019 LIVE: Shane Lowry breaks course record to take four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood into Sunday

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Shane Lowry delivered an Open Championship masterclass as he broke the course record at Royal Portrush with an eight-under-par 63 to take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.

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The weekend may be without Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after they both missed the cut, but Saturday did not go without it’s drama. Irishman Lowry has brought the fans to life with a truly brilliant round, and after starting the day on eight-under-par, he recorded a bogey-free round of 63 that featured eight birdies to lead Tommy Fleetwood by four shots.

Brooks Koepka moved himself up to fourth place alongside Justin Rose and just behindJB Holmes, but Lowry’s brilliance means they already find themselvesa long way off the lead at the start of Sunday’s play. The R&A Has also announced that Sunday’s tee times have been moved forward due to the threat of bad weather. Follow the latest updates below.

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Saturday tee times
0835—Paul Waring

0845—Francesco Molinari, Jason Kokrak

0855—Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson

0905—Charley Hoffman, Ashton Turner

0915—Yosuke Asaji, Andrew Wilson

0925—Yuki Inamori, Matt Wallace

0935—Nino Bertasio, Tom Lewis

0945—Adam Hadwin, Ryan Fox

1000—Innchoon Hwang, Benjamin Hebert

1010—Paul Casey, Kyle Stanley

1020—Eddie Pepperell, Doc Redman

1030—Kevin Streelman, and Joost Luiten

1040—Shubhankar Sharma, Louis Oosthuizen

1050—Stewart Cink, Callum Shinkwin

1100—Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner

1110—Bernd Wiesberger, Russell Knox

1120—Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Mikko Korhonen

1135—Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace

1145—Romain Langasque, Sang Hyun Park

1155—Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover

1205—Danny Willett, Aaron Wise

1215—Justin Thomas, Bob MacIntryre

1225—Matt Fitzpatrick, Ernie Els

1235—Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Pieters

1245—Rory Sabbatini, Byeong Hun An

1255—Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele

1310—Henrik Stenson, Webb Simpson

1320—Alex Noren, Dustin Johnson

1330—Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar

1340—Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed

1350—Lucas Bjerregaard, Tony Finau

1400—Erik Van Rooyen, Dylan Frittelli

1410—Andrew Putnam, Jordan Spieth

1420—Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose

1430—Justin Harding, Cameron Smith

1440—Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood

1450—Shane Lowry, J.B. Holmes

British Open Live

The Open 2019 LIVE: Shane Lowry breaks course record to take four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood into Sunday

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Shane Lowry delivered an Open Championship masterclass as he broke the course record at Royal Portrush with an eight-under-par 63 to take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.

Free Sign Up TO Watch Live Stream

The weekend may be without Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after they both missed the cut, but Saturday did not go without it’s drama. Irishman Lowry has brought the fans to life with a truly brilliant round, and after starting the day on eight-under-par, he recorded a bogey-free round of 63 that featured eight birdies to lead Tommy Fleetwood by four shots.

Brooks Koepka moved himself up to fourth place alongside Justin Rose and just behindJB Holmes, but Lowry’s brilliance means they already find themselvesa long way off the lead at the start of Sunday’s play. The R&A Has also announced that Sunday’s tee times have been moved forward due to the threat of bad weather. Follow the latest updates below.

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Saturday tee times
0835—Paul Waring

0845—Francesco Molinari, Jason Kokrak

0855—Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson

0905—Charley Hoffman, Ashton Turner

0915—Yosuke Asaji, Andrew Wilson

0925—Yuki Inamori, Matt Wallace

0935—Nino Bertasio, Tom Lewis

0945—Adam Hadwin, Ryan Fox

1000—Innchoon Hwang, Benjamin Hebert

1010—Paul Casey, Kyle Stanley

1020—Eddie Pepperell, Doc Redman

1030—Kevin Streelman, and Joost Luiten

1040—Shubhankar Sharma, Louis Oosthuizen

1050—Stewart Cink, Callum Shinkwin

1100—Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner

1110—Bernd Wiesberger, Russell Knox

1120—Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Mikko Korhonen

1135—Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace

1145—Romain Langasque, Sang Hyun Park

1155—Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover

1205—Danny Willett, Aaron Wise

1215—Justin Thomas, Bob MacIntryre

1225—Matt Fitzpatrick, Ernie Els

1235—Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Pieters

1245—Rory Sabbatini, Byeong Hun An

1255—Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele

1310—Henrik Stenson, Webb Simpson

1320—Alex Noren, Dustin Johnson

1330—Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar

1340—Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed

1350—Lucas Bjerregaard, Tony Finau

1400—Erik Van Rooyen, Dylan Frittelli

1410—Andrew Putnam, Jordan Spieth

1420—Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose

1430—Justin Harding, Cameron Smith

1440—Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood

1450—Shane Lowry, J.B. Holmes

The Open Championship 2019 Live

The Open 2019 LIVE: Shane Lowry breaks course record to take four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood into Sunday

Shane Lowry delivered an Open

The Open 2019 LIVE: Shane Lowry breaks course record to take four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood into Sunday

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Shane Lowry delivered an Open Championship masterclass as he broke the course record at Royal Portrush with an eight-under-par 63 to take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.

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The weekend may be without Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after they both missed the cut, but Saturday did not go without it’s drama. Irishman Lowry has brought the fans to life with a truly brilliant round, and after starting the day on eight-under-par, he recorded a bogey-free round of 63 that featured eight birdies to lead Tommy Fleetwood by four shots.

Brooks Koepka moved himself up to fourth place alongside Justin Rose and just behindJB Holmes, but Lowry’s brilliance means they already find themselvesa long way off the lead at the start of Sunday’s play. The R&A Has also announced that Sunday’s tee times have been moved forward due to the threat of bad weather. Follow the latest updates below.

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Saturday tee times
0835—Paul Waring

0845—Francesco Molinari, Jason Kokrak

0855—Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson

0905—Charley Hoffman, Ashton Turner

0915—Yosuke Asaji, Andrew Wilson

0925—Yuki Inamori, Matt Wallace

0935—Nino Bertasio, Tom Lewis

0945—Adam Hadwin, Ryan Fox

1000—Innchoon Hwang, Benjamin Hebert

1010—Paul Casey, Kyle Stanley

1020—Eddie Pepperell, Doc Redman

1030—Kevin Streelman, and Joost Luiten

1040—Shubhankar Sharma, Louis Oosthuizen

1050—Stewart Cink, Callum Shinkwin

1100—Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner

1110—Bernd Wiesberger, Russell Knox

1120—Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Mikko Korhonen

1135—Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace

1145—Romain Langasque, Sang Hyun Park

1155—Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover

1205—Danny Willett, Aaron Wise

1215—Justin Thomas, Bob MacIntryre

1225—Matt Fitzpatrick, Ernie Els

1235—Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Pieters

1245—Rory Sabbatini, Byeong Hun An

1255—Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele

1310—Henrik Stenson, Webb Simpson

1320—Alex Noren, Dustin Johnson

1330—Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar

1340—Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed

1350—Lucas Bjerregaard, Tony Finau

1400—Erik Van Rooyen, Dylan Frittelli

1410—Andrew Putnam, Jordan Spieth

1420—Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose

1430—Justin Harding, Cameron Smith

1440—Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood

1450—Shane Lowry, J.B. Holmes

Championship masterclass as he broke the course record at Royal Portrush with an eight-under-par 63 to take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.

The weekend may be without Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after they both missed the cut, but Saturday did not go without it’s drama. Irishman Lowry has brought the fans to life with a truly brilliant round, and after starting the day on eight-under-par, he recorded a bogey-free round of 63 that featured eight birdies to lead Tommy Fleetwood by four shots.

Brooks Koepka moved himself up to fourth place alongside Justin Rose and just behindJB Holmes, but Lowry’s brilliance means they already find themselvesa long way off the lead at the start of Sunday’s play. The R&A Has also announced that Sunday’s tee times have been moved forward due to the threat of bad weather. Follow the latest updates below.

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Saturday tee times
0835—Paul Waring

0845—Francesco Molinari, Jason Kokrak

0855—Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson

0905—Charley Hoffman, Ashton Turner

0915—Yosuke Asaji, Andrew Wilson

0925—Yuki Inamori, Matt Wallace

0935—Nino Bertasio, Tom Lewis

0945—Adam Hadwin, Ryan Fox

1000—Innchoon Hwang, Benjamin Hebert

1010—Paul Casey, Kyle Stanley

1020—Eddie Pepperell, Doc Redman

1030—Kevin Streelman, and Joost Luiten

1040—Shubhankar Sharma, Louis Oosthuizen

1050—Stewart Cink, Callum Shinkwin

1100—Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner

1110—Bernd Wiesberger, Russell Knox

1120—Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Mikko Korhonen

1135—Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace

1145—Romain Langasque, Sang Hyun Park

1155—Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover

1205—Danny Willett, Aaron Wise

1215—Justin Thomas, Bob MacIntryre

1225—Matt Fitzpatrick, Ernie Els

1235—Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Pieters

1245—Rory Sabbatini, Byeong Hun An

1255—Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele

1310—Henrik Stenson, Webb Simpson

1320—Alex Noren, Dustin Johnson

1330—Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar

1340—Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed

1350—Lucas Bjerregaard, Tony Finau

1400—Erik Van Rooyen, Dylan Frittelli

1410—Andrew Putnam, Jordan Spieth

1420—Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose

1430—Justin Harding, Cameron Smith

1440—Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood

1450—Shane Lowry, J.B. Holmes

The Open Championship Live

The Open 2019 LIVE: Shane Lowry breaks course record to take four-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood into Sunday

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Shane Lowry delivered an Open Championship masterclass as he broke the course record at Royal Portrush with an eight-under-par 63 to take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.

Free Sign Up TO Watch Live Stream

The weekend may be without Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after they both missed the cut, but Saturday did not go without it’s drama. Irishman Lowry has brought the fans to life with a truly brilliant round, and after starting the day on eight-under-par, he recorded a bogey-free round of 63 that featured eight birdies to lead Tommy Fleetwood by four shots.

Brooks Koepka moved himself up to fourth place alongside Justin Rose and just behindJB Holmes, but Lowry’s brilliance means they already find themselvesa long way off the lead at the start of Sunday’s play. The R&A Has also announced that Sunday’s tee times have been moved forward due to the threat of bad weather. Follow the latest updates below.

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Saturday tee times
0835—Paul Waring

0845—Francesco Molinari, Jason Kokrak

0855—Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson

0905—Charley Hoffman, Ashton Turner

0915—Yosuke Asaji, Andrew Wilson

0925—Yuki Inamori, Matt Wallace

0935—Nino Bertasio, Tom Lewis

0945—Adam Hadwin, Ryan Fox

1000—Innchoon Hwang, Benjamin Hebert

1010—Paul Casey, Kyle Stanley

1020—Eddie Pepperell, Doc Redman

1030—Kevin Streelman, and Joost Luiten

1040—Shubhankar Sharma, Louis Oosthuizen

1050—Stewart Cink, Callum Shinkwin

1100—Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner

1110—Bernd Wiesberger, Russell Knox

1120—Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Mikko Korhonen

1135—Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace

1145—Romain Langasque, Sang Hyun Park

1155—Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover

1205—Danny Willett, Aaron Wise

1215—Justin Thomas, Bob MacIntryre

1225—Matt Fitzpatrick, Ernie Els

1235—Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Pieters

1245—Rory Sabbatini, Byeong Hun An

1255—Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele

1310—Henrik Stenson, Webb Simpson

1320—Alex Noren, Dustin Johnson

1330—Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar

1340—Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed

1350—Lucas Bjerregaard, Tony Finau

1400—Erik Van Rooyen, Dylan Frittelli

1410—Andrew Putnam, Jordan Spieth

1420—Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose

1430—Justin Harding, Cameron Smith

1440—Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood

1450—Shane Lowry, J.B. Holmes

Pacquiao vs Thurman

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman fight prediction, tale of the tape, expert pick, odds, complete breakdown 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).

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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.

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“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.”

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.”

Also at stake this weekend is the IBF super middleweight title when Caleb Plant looks to make his first title defense against Mike Lee in the final prelim fight on Fox. The two have got at it with a war of words in the build up and this one has all the makings of a knockdown, drag out brawl.

The two fighters will unify the WBA welterweight title thanks to said sanctioning body’s decision to promote multiple titles in the same division. Pacquiao, who holds the WBA’s secondary version, has never held the WBA’s full title and lost his shot at winning it in his 2015 unification bout with Mayweather.

Along with Thurman’s world title, the winner will get the opportunity to likely face whoever comes out of the September unification fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. Because of the questions facing each fighter coming in (from Pacquiao’s age to Thurman’s recent layoff and his shaky performance against Josesito Lopez in January), the idea that both are competing for their fighting future on the elite level also isn’t out of the question.

Even though Thurman is an established champion who owns career-defining wins over Porter and Garcia, this fight also offers him a shot at potential crossover stardom should he be able to win in defiant fashion in front of a large PPV audience.

1 Power: Thurman is clearly the bigger man and a better pure power puncher, thus his “One Time” moniker. The problem, however, has been his inability to sit down on his punches and finish opponents the more he has evolved as a boxer. Not counting fights that were stopped due to cuts or injury, Thurman hasn’t recorded a true knockout since 2013. The gap between them isn’t all that wide, however. Pacquiao gets his power at welterweight from a combination of speed and awkward angles. He certainly still had enough of it to retire Lucas Matthysse in 2018 before giving Adrien Broner enough reason not to fight back in January. Edge: Thurman

2. Speed: It’s nothing short of incredible that Pacquiao has been able to maintain this level of hand and foot speed at the age of 40. Thurman isn’t necessarily slow and resides within his physical prime as an athletic fighter. But Thurman proving he can handle Pacquio’s speed remains a prevailing question mark entering this fight. Edge:Pacquiao

3. Technique: Pacquiao’s evolution as a fighter over nearly 20 years with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has been remarkable. The PacMan evolved from a no-jabbing, left-cross throwing attacker to a unique boxer who sets up his attacks in ways that is hard to prepare for. Pacquiao may not be orthodox in much of what he does, but he is technically very sound and rarely leaves himself open to big counter shots despite his aggressive style. Thurman is also an excellent boxer who has relied much more on his craft than his power to win his biggest fights. Edge: Even

4. Defense: Let’s face it, Pacquiao’s best defense is his offense and always has been. That doesn’t mean he is irresponsible from a defensive standpoint, it just means it has never been a large focus. Even in his advanced age, Pacquiao looks to outwork opponents and wear them down with steady pressure. Thurman’s defense is much more sound and technical behind his high guard. Edge: Thurman

5. Intangibles: While concerns about how Pacquiao will deal with a prime power puncher at this point in his career are legit, it has been incredible that Thurman is actually the one who enters with more questions that need answering. Does he still have an elite chin and the willingness to fight through being hurt? It’s one thing to survive against a Luis Collazo or Lopez, but will he fight back against someone as talented as Pacquiao? This, along with his extensive advantage in terms of experience, certainly gives Pacquiao an edge. Had Thurman never left the sport for two years due to injuries, he would easily be favored in this fight. Yet even at his advanced age, Pacquiao is the more reliable commodity at the moment. Edge:Pacquiao

Despite the legitimate 50/50 nature of this fight, breaking down the key components to how it might play out aren’t all that difficult.

If Thurman is willing to bite down on his mouthpiece like he did against Porter and use his youth and power to discipline Pacquiao early, this is a fight he should win thanks to his versatility as a boxer-puncher. Should he attempt to outbox Pacquiao, however, he’s going to lose a 12-round decision. It’s really that simple.

Pacquiao can certainly play a big part in helping Thurman make that decision should he prove able to land something big early that might dissuade his opponent and bring back memories of the scare he endured against Lopez. But this fight and Thurman’s ability to win it will be largely dictated by whether he plans on acting like the bigger man in ways that will take crossing the line of potential vulnerability in order to accomplish.

One thing Thurman has echoed throughout the promotion of the fight was that Pacquaio has looked so good in recent bouts against Matthysse and Broner mostly because he wasn’t getting punched back in return. Thurman referenced the issues Pacquiao had in Australia against an aggressive and bigger opponent in Jeff Horn in 2017, and routinely asked when was the last time we saw Pacquiao so willing to take on a challenge this difficult against someone in their prime?

Yes, the questions about Thurman’s chin and whether he’s still the same finisher from a mental standpoint are duly noted. But Thurman didn’t get to this point by being soft or lackluster, and his wins over Porter and Garcia are among the most impressive the division has seen in recent years.

This will be a close fight that has 12 rounds written all over it. But if Thurman is willing to be all he says he is, this is also a fight where his combination of power, speed and size should be enough to deter Pacquiao from walking all over him.

So who wins Pacquiao vs. Thurman? And which prop bet should you back for a 20-1 payout? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best bets for the July 20 megafight, all from the boxing insider who’s nailed three straight Pacquiao and Thurman fights.

Pacquiao vs Thurman

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman fight prediction, tale of the tape, expert pick, odds, complete breakdown 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).

CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW LIVE

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.

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“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.”

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.”

Also at stake this weekend is the IBF super middleweight title when Caleb Plant looks to make his first title defense against Mike Lee in the final prelim fight on Fox. The two have got at it with a war of words in the build up and this one has all the makings of a knockdown, drag out brawl.

The two fighters will unify the WBA welterweight title thanks to said sanctioning body’s decision to promote multiple titles in the same division. Pacquiao, who holds the WBA’s secondary version, has never held the WBA’s full title and lost his shot at winning it in his 2015 unification bout with Mayweather.

Along with Thurman’s world title, the winner will get the opportunity to likely face whoever comes out of the September unification fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. Because of the questions facing each fighter coming in (from Pacquiao’s age to Thurman’s recent layoff and his shaky performance against Josesito Lopez in January), the idea that both are competing for their fighting future on the elite level also isn’t out of the question.

Even though Thurman is an established champion who owns career-defining wins over Porter and Garcia, this fight also offers him a shot at potential crossover stardom should he be able to win in defiant fashion in front of a large PPV audience.

1 Power: Thurman is clearly the bigger man and a better pure power puncher, thus his “One Time” moniker. The problem, however, has been his inability to sit down on his punches and finish opponents the more he has evolved as a boxer. Not counting fights that were stopped due to cuts or injury, Thurman hasn’t recorded a true knockout since 2013. The gap between them isn’t all that wide, however. Pacquiao gets his power at welterweight from a combination of speed and awkward angles. He certainly still had enough of it to retire Lucas Matthysse in 2018 before giving Adrien Broner enough reason not to fight back in January. Edge: Thurman

2. Speed: It’s nothing short of incredible that Pacquiao has been able to maintain this level of hand and foot speed at the age of 40. Thurman isn’t necessarily slow and resides within his physical prime as an athletic fighter. But Thurman proving he can handle Pacquio’s speed remains a prevailing question mark entering this fight. Edge:Pacquiao

3. Technique: Pacquiao’s evolution as a fighter over nearly 20 years with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has been remarkable. The PacMan evolved from a no-jabbing, left-cross throwing attacker to a unique boxer who sets up his attacks in ways that is hard to prepare for. Pacquiao may not be orthodox in much of what he does, but he is technically very sound and rarely leaves himself open to big counter shots despite his aggressive style. Thurman is also an excellent boxer who has relied much more on his craft than his power to win his biggest fights. Edge: Even

4. Defense: Let’s face it, Pacquiao’s best defense is his offense and always has been. That doesn’t mean he is irresponsible from a defensive standpoint, it just means it has never been a large focus. Even in his advanced age, Pacquiao looks to outwork opponents and wear them down with steady pressure. Thurman’s defense is much more sound and technical behind his high guard. Edge: Thurman

5. Intangibles: While concerns about how Pacquiao will deal with a prime power puncher at this point in his career are legit, it has been incredible that Thurman is actually the one who enters with more questions that need answering. Does he still have an elite chin and the willingness to fight through being hurt? It’s one thing to survive against a Luis Collazo or Lopez, but will he fight back against someone as talented as Pacquiao? This, along with his extensive advantage in terms of experience, certainly gives Pacquiao an edge. Had Thurman never left the sport for two years due to injuries, he would easily be favored in this fight. Yet even at his advanced age, Pacquiao is the more reliable commodity at the moment. Edge:Pacquiao

Despite the legitimate 50/50 nature of this fight, breaking down the key components to how it might play out aren’t all that difficult.

If Thurman is willing to bite down on his mouthpiece like he did against Porter and use his youth and power to discipline Pacquiao early, this is a fight he should win thanks to his versatility as a boxer-puncher. Should he attempt to outbox Pacquiao, however, he’s going to lose a 12-round decision. It’s really that simple.

Pacquiao can certainly play a big part in helping Thurman make that decision should he prove able to land something big early that might dissuade his opponent and bring back memories of the scare he endured against Lopez. But this fight and Thurman’s ability to win it will be largely dictated by whether he plans on acting like the bigger man in ways that will take crossing the line of potential vulnerability in order to accomplish.

One thing Thurman has echoed throughout the promotion of the fight was that Pacquaio has looked so good in recent bouts against Matthysse and Broner mostly because he wasn’t getting punched back in return. Thurman referenced the issues Pacquiao had in Australia against an aggressive and bigger opponent in Jeff Horn in 2017, and routinely asked when was the last time we saw Pacquiao so willing to take on a challenge this difficult against someone in their prime?

Yes, the questions about Thurman’s chin and whether he’s still the same finisher from a mental standpoint are duly noted. But Thurman didn’t get to this point by being soft or lackluster, and his wins over Porter and Garcia are among the most impressive the division has seen in recent years.

This will be a close fight that has 12 rounds written all over it. But if Thurman is willing to be all he says he is, this is also a fight where his combination of power, speed and size should be enough to deter Pacquiao from walking all over him.

So who wins Pacquiao vs. Thurman? And which prop bet should you back for a 20-1 payout? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best bets for the July 20 megafight, all from the boxing insider who’s nailed three straight Pacquiao and Thurman fights.

Pacquiao vs Thurman

Pacquiao vs Thurman fight prediction, tale of the tape, expert pick, odds, complete breakdown 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).

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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.

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“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.”

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.”

Also at stake this weekend is the IBF super middleweight title when Caleb Plant looks to make his first title defense against Mike Lee in the final prelim fight on Fox. The two have got at it with a war of words in the build up and this one has all the makings of a knockdown, drag out brawl.

The two fighters will unify the WBA welterweight title thanks to said sanctioning body’s decision to promote multiple titles in the same division. Pacquiao, who holds the WBA’s secondary version, has never held the WBA’s full title and lost his shot at winning it in his 2015 unification bout with Mayweather.

Along with Thurman’s world title, the winner will get the opportunity to likely face whoever comes out of the September unification fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. Because of the questions facing each fighter coming in (from Pacquiao’s age to Thurman’s recent layoff and his shaky performance against Josesito Lopez in January), the idea that both are competing for their fighting future on the elite level also isn’t out of the question.

Even though Thurman is an established champion who owns career-defining wins over Porter and Garcia, this fight also offers him a shot at potential crossover stardom should he be able to win in defiant fashion in front of a large PPV audience.

1 Power: Thurman is clearly the bigger man and a better pure power puncher, thus his “One Time” moniker. The problem, however, has been his inability to sit down on his punches and finish opponents the more he has evolved as a boxer. Not counting fights that were stopped due to cuts or injury, Thurman hasn’t recorded a true knockout since 2013. The gap between them isn’t all that wide, however. Pacquiao gets his power at welterweight from a combination of speed and awkward angles. He certainly still had enough of it to retire Lucas Matthysse in 2018 before giving Adrien Broner enough reason not to fight back in January. Edge: Thurman

2. Speed: It’s nothing short of incredible that Pacquiao has been able to maintain this level of hand and foot speed at the age of 40. Thurman isn’t necessarily slow and resides within his physical prime as an athletic fighter. But Thurman proving he can handle Pacquio’s speed remains a prevailing question mark entering this fight. Edge:Pacquiao

3. Technique: Pacquiao’s evolution as a fighter over nearly 20 years with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has been remarkable. The PacMan evolved from a no-jabbing, left-cross throwing attacker to a unique boxer who sets up his attacks in ways that is hard to prepare for. Pacquiao may not be orthodox in much of what he does, but he is technically very sound and rarely leaves himself open to big counter shots despite his aggressive style. Thurman is also an excellent boxer who has relied much more on his craft than his power to win his biggest fights. Edge: Even

4. Defense: Let’s face it, Pacquiao’s best defense is his offense and always has been. That doesn’t mean he is irresponsible from a defensive standpoint, it just means it has never been a large focus. Even in his advanced age, Pacquiao looks to outwork opponents and wear them down with steady pressure. Thurman’s defense is much more sound and technical behind his high guard. Edge: Thurman

5. Intangibles: While concerns about how Pacquiao will deal with a prime power puncher at this point in his career are legit, it has been incredible that Thurman is actually the one who enters with more questions that need answering. Does he still have an elite chin and the willingness to fight through being hurt? It’s one thing to survive against a Luis Collazo or Lopez, but will he fight back against someone as talented as Pacquiao? This, along with his extensive advantage in terms of experience, certainly gives Pacquiao an edge. Had Thurman never left the sport for two years due to injuries, he would easily be favored in this fight. Yet even at his advanced age, Pacquiao is the more reliable commodity at the moment. Edge:Pacquiao

Despite the legitimate 50/50 nature of this fight, breaking down the key components to how it might play out aren’t all that difficult.

If Thurman is willing to bite down on his mouthpiece like he did against Porter and use his youth and power to discipline Pacquiao early, this is a fight he should win thanks to his versatility as a boxer-puncher. Should he attempt to outbox Pacquiao, however, he’s going to lose a 12-round decision. It’s really that simple.

Pacquiao can certainly play a big part in helping Thurman make that decision should he prove able to land something big early that might dissuade his opponent and bring back memories of the scare he endured against Lopez. But this fight and Thurman’s ability to win it will be largely dictated by whether he plans on acting like the bigger man in ways that will take crossing the line of potential vulnerability in order to accomplish.

One thing Thurman has echoed throughout the promotion of the fight was that Pacquaio has looked so good in recent bouts against Matthysse and Broner mostly because he wasn’t getting punched back in return. Thurman referenced the issues Pacquiao had in Australia against an aggressive and bigger opponent in Jeff Horn in 2017, and routinely asked when was the last time we saw Pacquiao so willing to take on a challenge this difficult against someone in their prime?

Yes, the questions about Thurman’s chin and whether he’s still the same finisher from a mental standpoint are duly noted. But Thurman didn’t get to this point by being soft or lackluster, and his wins over Porter and Garcia are among the most impressive the division has seen in recent years.

This will be a close fight that has 12 rounds written all over it. But if Thurman is willing to be all he says he is, this is also a fight where his combination of power, speed and size should be enough to deter Pacquiao from walking all over him.

So who wins Pacquiao vs. Thurman? And which prop bet should you back for a 20-1 payout? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best bets for the July 20 megafight, all from the boxing insider who’s nailed three straight Pacquiao and Thurman fights.

Pacquiao vs Thurman Fight

Pacquiao vs Thurman fight prediction, tale of the tape, expert pick, odds, complete breakdown 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).

CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW LIVE

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.

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“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.”

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.”

Also at stake this weekend is the IBF super middleweight title when Caleb Plant looks to make his first title defense against Mike Lee in the final prelim fight on Fox. The two have got at it with a war of words in the build up and this one has all the makings of a knockdown, drag out brawl.

The two fighters will unify the WBA welterweight title thanks to said sanctioning body’s decision to promote multiple titles in the same division. Pacquiao, who holds the WBA’s secondary version, has never held the WBA’s full title and lost his shot at winning it in his 2015 unification bout with Mayweather.

Along with Thurman’s world title, the winner will get the opportunity to likely face whoever comes out of the September unification fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. Because of the questions facing each fighter coming in (from Pacquiao’s age to Thurman’s recent layoff and his shaky performance against Josesito Lopez in January), the idea that both are competing for their fighting future on the elite level also isn’t out of the question.

Even though Thurman is an established champion who owns career-defining wins over Porter and Garcia, this fight also offers him a shot at potential crossover stardom should he be able to win in defiant fashion in front of a large PPV audience.

1 Power: Thurman is clearly the bigger man and a better pure power puncher, thus his “One Time” moniker. The problem, however, has been his inability to sit down on his punches and finish opponents the more he has evolved as a boxer. Not counting fights that were stopped due to cuts or injury, Thurman hasn’t recorded a true knockout since 2013. The gap between them isn’t all that wide, however. Pacquiao gets his power at welterweight from a combination of speed and awkward angles. He certainly still had enough of it to retire Lucas Matthysse in 2018 before giving Adrien Broner enough reason not to fight back in January. Edge: Thurman

2. Speed: It’s nothing short of incredible that Pacquiao has been able to maintain this level of hand and foot speed at the age of 40. Thurman isn’t necessarily slow and resides within his physical prime as an athletic fighter. But Thurman proving he can handle Pacquio’s speed remains a prevailing question mark entering this fight. Edge:Pacquiao

3. Technique: Pacquiao’s evolution as a fighter over nearly 20 years with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has been remarkable. The PacMan evolved from a no-jabbing, left-cross throwing attacker to a unique boxer who sets up his attacks in ways that is hard to prepare for. Pacquiao may not be orthodox in much of what he does, but he is technically very sound and rarely leaves himself open to big counter shots despite his aggressive style. Thurman is also an excellent boxer who has relied much more on his craft than his power to win his biggest fights. Edge: Even

4. Defense: Let’s face it, Pacquiao’s best defense is his offense and always has been. That doesn’t mean he is irresponsible from a defensive standpoint, it just means it has never been a large focus. Even in his advanced age, Pacquiao looks to outwork opponents and wear them down with steady pressure. Thurman’s defense is much more sound and technical behind his high guard. Edge: Thurman

5. Intangibles: While concerns about how Pacquiao will deal with a prime power puncher at this point in his career are legit, it has been incredible that Thurman is actually the one who enters with more questions that need answering. Does he still have an elite chin and the willingness to fight through being hurt? It’s one thing to survive against a Luis Collazo or Lopez, but will he fight back against someone as talented as Pacquiao? This, along with his extensive advantage in terms of experience, certainly gives Pacquiao an edge. Had Thurman never left the sport for two years due to injuries, he would easily be favored in this fight. Yet even at his advanced age, Pacquiao is the more reliable commodity at the moment. Edge:Pacquiao

Despite the legitimate 50/50 nature of this fight, breaking down the key components to how it might play out aren’t all that difficult.

If Thurman is willing to bite down on his mouthpiece like he did against Porter and use his youth and power to discipline Pacquiao early, this is a fight he should win thanks to his versatility as a boxer-puncher. Should he attempt to outbox Pacquiao, however, he’s going to lose a 12-round decision. It’s really that simple.

Pacquiao can certainly play a big part in helping Thurman make that decision should he prove able to land something big early that might dissuade his opponent and bring back memories of the scare he endured against Lopez. But this fight and Thurman’s ability to win it will be largely dictated by whether he plans on acting like the bigger man in ways that will take crossing the line of potential vulnerability in order to accomplish.

One thing Thurman has echoed throughout the promotion of the fight was that Pacquaio has looked so good in recent bouts against Matthysse and Broner mostly because he wasn’t getting punched back in return. Thurman referenced the issues Pacquiao had in Australia against an aggressive and bigger opponent in Jeff Horn in 2017, and routinely asked when was the last time we saw Pacquiao so willing to take on a challenge this difficult against someone in their prime?

Yes, the questions about Thurman’s chin and whether he’s still the same finisher from a mental standpoint are duly noted. But Thurman didn’t get to this point by being soft or lackluster, and his wins over Porter and Garcia are among the most impressive the division has seen in recent years.

This will be a close fight that has 12 rounds written all over it. But if Thurman is willing to be all he says he is, this is also a fight where his combination of power, speed and size should be enough to deter Pacquiao from walking all over him.

So who wins Pacquiao vs. Thurman? And which prop bet should you back for a 20-1 payout? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best bets for the July 20 megafight, all from the boxing insider who’s nailed three straight Pacquiao and Thurman fights.

Thurman vs Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman fight prediction, tale of the tape, expert pick, odds, complete breakdown 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).

CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW LIVE

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.

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“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.”

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.”

Also at stake this weekend is the IBF super middleweight title when Caleb Plant looks to make his first title defense against Mike Lee in the final prelim fight on Fox. The two have got at it with a war of words in the build up and this one has all the makings of a knockdown, drag out brawl.

The two fighters will unify the WBA welterweight title thanks to said sanctioning body’s decision to promote multiple titles in the same division. Pacquiao, who holds the WBA’s secondary version, has never held the WBA’s full title and lost his shot at winning it in his 2015 unification bout with Mayweather.

Along with Thurman’s world title, the winner will get the opportunity to likely face whoever comes out of the September unification fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. Because of the questions facing each fighter coming in (from Pacquiao’s age to Thurman’s recent layoff and his shaky performance against Josesito Lopez in January), the idea that both are competing for their fighting future on the elite level also isn’t out of the question.

Even though Thurman is an established champion who owns career-defining wins over Porter and Garcia, this fight also offers him a shot at potential crossover stardom should he be able to win in defiant fashion in front of a large PPV audience.

1 Power: Thurman is clearly the bigger man and a better pure power puncher, thus his “One Time” moniker. The problem, however, has been his inability to sit down on his punches and finish opponents the more he has evolved as a boxer. Not counting fights that were stopped due to cuts or injury, Thurman hasn’t recorded a true knockout since 2013. The gap between them isn’t all that wide, however. Pacquiao gets his power at welterweight from a combination of speed and awkward angles. He certainly still had enough of it to retire Lucas Matthysse in 2018 before giving Adrien Broner enough reason not to fight back in January. Edge: Thurman

2. Speed: It’s nothing short of incredible that Pacquiao has been able to maintain this level of hand and foot speed at the age of 40. Thurman isn’t necessarily slow and resides within his physical prime as an athletic fighter. But Thurman proving he can handle Pacquio’s speed remains a prevailing question mark entering this fight. Edge:Pacquiao

3. Technique: Pacquiao’s evolution as a fighter over nearly 20 years with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has been remarkable. The PacMan evolved from a no-jabbing, left-cross throwing attacker to a unique boxer who sets up his attacks in ways that is hard to prepare for. Pacquiao may not be orthodox in much of what he does, but he is technically very sound and rarely leaves himself open to big counter shots despite his aggressive style. Thurman is also an excellent boxer who has relied much more on his craft than his power to win his biggest fights. Edge: Even

4. Defense: Let’s face it, Pacquiao’s best defense is his offense and always has been. That doesn’t mean he is irresponsible from a defensive standpoint, it just means it has never been a large focus. Even in his advanced age, Pacquiao looks to outwork opponents and wear them down with steady pressure. Thurman’s defense is much more sound and technical behind his high guard. Edge: Thurman

5. Intangibles: While concerns about how Pacquiao will deal with a prime power puncher at this point in his career are legit, it has been incredible that Thurman is actually the one who enters with more questions that need answering. Does he still have an elite chin and the willingness to fight through being hurt? It’s one thing to survive against a Luis Collazo or Lopez, but will he fight back against someone as talented as Pacquiao? This, along with his extensive advantage in terms of experience, certainly gives Pacquiao an edge. Had Thurman never left the sport for two years due to injuries, he would easily be favored in this fight. Yet even at his advanced age, Pacquiao is the more reliable commodity at the moment. Edge:Pacquiao

Despite the legitimate 50/50 nature of this fight, breaking down the key components to how it might play out aren’t all that difficult.

If Thurman is willing to bite down on his mouthpiece like he did against Porter and use his youth and power to discipline Pacquiao early, this is a fight he should win thanks to his versatility as a boxer-puncher. Should he attempt to outbox Pacquiao, however, he’s going to lose a 12-round decision. It’s really that simple.

Pacquiao can certainly play a big part in helping Thurman make that decision should he prove able to land something big early that might dissuade his opponent and bring back memories of the scare he endured against Lopez. But this fight and Thurman’s ability to win it will be largely dictated by whether he plans on acting like the bigger man in ways that will take crossing the line of potential vulnerability in order to accomplish.

One thing Thurman has echoed throughout the promotion of the fight was that Pacquaio has looked so good in recent bouts against Matthysse and Broner mostly because he wasn’t getting punched back in return. Thurman referenced the issues Pacquiao had in Australia against an aggressive and bigger opponent in Jeff Horn in 2017, and routinely asked when was the last time we saw Pacquiao so willing to take on a challenge this difficult against someone in their prime?

Yes, the questions about Thurman’s chin and whether he’s still the same finisher from a mental standpoint are duly noted. But Thurman didn’t get to this point by being soft or lackluster, and his wins over Porter and Garcia are among the most impressive the division has seen in recent years.

This will be a close fight that has 12 rounds written all over it. But if Thurman is willing to be all he says he is, this is also a fight where his combination of power, speed and size should be enough to deter Pacquiao from walking all over him.

So who wins Pacquiao vs. Thurman? And which prop bet should you back for a 20-1 payout? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best bets for the July 20 megafight, all from the boxing insider who’s nailed three straight Pacquiao and Thurman fights.

Pacquiao vs Thurman

Pacquiao vs Thurman: Fight Odds, Time, Date, Live Stream, TV Info It’s not often world title challengers are the favorites going into a boxing match. Then again, Manny Pacquiao isn’t your typical challenger.

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For starters, the Filipino (61-7-2, 39 KOs) is a legend of the sport, a world champion in an unprecedented eight divisions who has beaten some of the best boxers of his generation.

Also, thanks to boxing’s patchwork quilt of sanctioning organizations and championship hierarchies, Pacquiao is technically a welterweight world champion going into Saturday night’s pay-per-view fight against Keith “One Time” Thurman.

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Pacquiao is the “regular” WBA world titleholder at 147 pounds, having beaten Lucas Martin Matthysse in July 2018.

The undefeated Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) is the “super” champion. He earned that status when he beat Danny Garcia in March 2017. Injuries kept him out of the ring for nearly two years, so the WBA kept the world title chase alive in his absence with the “regular” title.

So Pac Man is a champion, and so is Thurman. The latter has never lost, though, which makes him the man to beat when the two enter the ring Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

However, the 40-year-old challenger is still one of the most popular boxers alive, and he is likely the main reason people will tune in on Saturday night.

With a win, Thurman can ensure he’s both the main man and the main draw in his next fight.

Fight Info

When: Saturday, July 19 at 9 p.m. ET

Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas

TV: Fox Sports Pay-Per-View ($74.99)

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Thurman’s advantages going into Saturday’s bout are obvious. He’s 10 years younger than Pacquiao, taller with a thicker frame and he has a two-inch reach advantage, (69″ to 67″, per BoxRec). When he’s at his peak, combining a strong jab with thunderous power shots and deft footwork, he can make proceedings lopsided.

But it’s possible we won’t see his peak Saturday. In his return to the ring in January, he spent the first few rounds beating up on a game Josesito Lopez, even scoring a knockdown in the second round.

The fight took a turn in the latter half, with Lopez wobbling Thurman in the seventh and generally making life difficult for him every round after that. In what was supposed to be a tune-up bout, the champion had to settle for a majority decision.

Instead of another tune-up, Thurman jumped at the opportunity to face Pacquiao. He’s made it his mission to get under his skin, saying he will “crucify” the Filipino and referencing his political career, per CBS Sports’ Brian Campbell:

Pacquiao has apparently been listening, but he’s kept his cool in the pre-fight buildup.

“The more Thurman talks, the more it will help me,” the veteran said, per ESPN’s Dan Rafael. “His words are motivating me and encouraging me to work even harder day after day.”

It’s hardly lightning-rod stuff, but that’s how Pacquiao tends to operate in the twilight of his career. Working with longtime trainer Freddie Roach, he needs to find a way to hit whatever counts for his peak to win Saturday. It’s hard to tell exactly where that is these days, considering Matthysse and his most recent opponent, Adrien Broner, didn’t offer him much resistance.

Pacquiao is a tricky southpaw who can counter a jab better than most and string together combinations. He’s looking to use his speed to create problems against his bigger opponent.

“Better for me, especially if you are going for the body,” Pacquiao said, per the Los Angeles Times‘ Norm Frauenheim.

If Pacquiao can find the vulnerabilities lurking in Thurman’s game the same way Lopez did, he has a good chance at pulling off the victory. He will have to be cautious as he goes about his business, though.

The Filipino has hit the canvas before, and Thurman is going to load up on the big punches if he feels himself falling behind.

However, there’s so much for Thurman to lose Saturday. A defeat will confirm the suspicions of those who believe he lost a step during his injury layoff or that his killer instinct is gone. It will take him out of the lucrative championship circuit, where potential megafights against Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter await (the latter two are booked to fight in September, per The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire).

A win, however, and Thurman gets to tout a victory over a boxing legend as he makes his next move. Pacquiao might hang it up with another loss, but he’s showing few, if any, signs he wants to leave the sport behind. He didn’t do it after his undeserved loss to Jeff Horn in July 2017.

Beating Thurman would give him a chance for a big showdown with the aforementioned titleholders. Pacquiao might just keep fighting until someone in the sport forces him out.