Eight division world champion, and one of the sport’s top stars, Manny Pacquiao challenges WBA (super) welterweight champion Keith Thurman on July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in what has the potential to be the fight of the year.
Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), the WBA (regular) welterweight champion, fought in January and dominated Adrien Broner to win by a lopsided decision. The senator from the Philippines showed up to the Errol Spence Jr.-Mikey Garcia fight in March and even stepped inside the ring at the request of Spence, who was pushing for a fight with the legend.
But, the 40-year-old Pacquiao decided to shift his focus to Thurman, instead.
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“I chose Keith Thurman because he’s undefeated and I want to prove that at age 40 I can still beat a great fighter like Keith,” Pacquaio said at a press conference to formally announce the fight.
Thurman (29-0, one no-contest, 22 KOs) made a triumphant return to the ring after a 22-month layoff due to injuries, one week after Pacquiao beat Broner, and defeated a game Josesito Lopez by unanimous decision.
“Pacquiao wants a challenge, and I’m very grateful to be sharing a ring with a legend,” Thurman also said at the presser. “If you understand boxing history, you know that times change. I believe boxing is in a new era. Come July 20, Pacquiao will disappear. He’ll always be remembered in the sport, but I’m doing to Manny Pacquiao, what he did to Oscar De La Hoya.”
Thurman presents the most stringent test to date for Pacquiao since he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr., back in May 2015.
Can “One Time” prove to the world how great he is and show the Flipino icon that there’s a new era upon us? Or does “Pac-Man” defy “Father Time” and prove he still has plenty to offer at the age of 40?
When is the Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman fight?
Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman commences on Saturday, July 20. The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET, while Pacquiao and Thurman are expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 11:30 p.m.
The Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight can be seen on Fox Sports PPV. The price of the pay-per-view has not yet been announced.
Where is the Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight?
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman will fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao competes at the venue for the 15th time, while Thurman fights there for the fifth time.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman betting odds
According to ProBoxingOdds.com, Keith Thurman opened as a -150 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $150 to win $100. Meanwhile, Pacquiao is a +133 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $133.
Manny Pacquiao record and bio
Name: Manny Pacquiao
Born: December 17, 1978
Height: 5-5 ½
Total fights: 70
Record: 61-7-2 with 39 knockouts
Keith Thurman record and bio
Name: Keith Thurman
Born: November 23, 1988
Height: 5-7 ½
Total fights: 29
Record: 28-0 with one no contest and 23 knockouts
Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman fight card
Matchup Class Belt
Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman Welterweight WBA (Super)
Caleb Plant vs. Mike Lee Super Middleweight IBF
Sergey Lipinets vs. John Molina Jr. Welterweight