Manny Pacquiao As The Underdog: Can He Overcome Thurman?

    May 31, 2019 | Combat Sports Pacquiao vs Thurman preview

    Living legend Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2 39 KO) is back in the ring again, this time up against Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman (29-0 22 KO).

    The two fighters will square off on July 20, with both men aiming to unify the World Boxing Association welterweight championship.

    The underdog Pacquiao is past his prime, but this fight against Thurman gives him a chance to prove that at 40 years old, he remains capable provide a championship-quality performance in the ring.

    Thurman is the younger fighter, and the favorite, but he hasn’t faced a fighter with a greater legend than Pacquiao in the past.

    At this point of his career, the showdown with Thurman offers a tough test to the future Hall of Famer Pacquiao. Does Pacquiao still have what it takes to unify the welterweight belts? Read on for a preview of Pacquiao vs. Thurman by Nitrogen Sports Blog.

    Is Pacquiao really the underdog?

    The undefeated Thurman held Pacquiao’s regular WBA title for two years before he won the super welterweight belt in 2017. The super belt is given to the undisputed champion after multiple defenses.

    Thurman, who is the favorite against Pacquiao with odds of -132, beat Danny Garcia to unify the WBA and WBC titles in a tight split decision victory that placed him firmly at the top of the division.

    Injuries forced him to vacate the WBC belt, and he was inactive for the next two years.

    Thurman finally fought Josesito Lopez in 2019, but looked far from his best as he tried to shake off the ring rust.

    Pacquiao vs Thurman: Pacman's last 5 fights
    Pacquiao vs Thurman: Pacman's last 5 fights

    Pacman is coming off a unanimous decision win against Adrien Broner earlier this year. He comfortably beat the mouthy challenger, doubling his output in terms of punches thrown.

    This was all the more impressive as he’s a decade older than Broner. There’s a similar age gap coming into the Thurman fight, too.

    Pacquiao later admitted that he wanted to push harder, but listened to his trainer who advised to work the counter against the younger man.

    Pacquiao vs Thurman: Thurman's last 5 fights
    Pacquiao vs Thurman: Thurman's last 5 fights

    Thurman has vowed to end the career of Pacquiao, just as the latter did to Oscar De La Hoya back in 2008.

    It’s a vastly different version of Pacquiao, but one that still has enough in the tank to unify the belts if all goes to plan. As an underdog, Pacquiao can use that label as a motivational fuel against Thurman.

    If not, he can hang up his gloves at the age of 40 with his head held high.

    Pacquiao likely has half an eye on getting back into politics, so it could be time to witness the end of an era.

    It’s been a while since the underdog tag has been put next to Pacquiao’s name. Will the legendary Filipino fighter silence his naysayers by putting on an explosive performance against Thurman? Or will Thurman make the Pacman think of retirement? Explore Nitrogen Sports Blog for more articles on combat sports and sports betting.

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