The WBA Welterweight Title is up for grabs on Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena as Manny Pacquiao takes on Keith Thurman. Pacquiao is a 40-year-old boxing legend with an advantage when it comes to experience in blockbuster fights. He has also been in strong form recently, with four wins in his last five fights since a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. However, Thurman is undefeated, has height and reach advantages over the veteran, and is the younger, hungrier fighter after missing two years in his prime because of injuries. Pacquiao is a -165 favorite (risk $165 to win $100), while Thurman is +142 (risk $100 to win $142). Pacquiao opened at -140 before his odds rose. Meanwhile, the over-under for total rounds is 11.5, priced at -350 for the over and +275 for the under according to the latest Pacquiao vs. Thurman odds. Before you make your welterweight title predictions, be sure to read the Pacquiao vs. Thurman picks from SportsLine boxing expert Peter Kahn.
A fight game veteran with over 20 years of experience as a manager, promoter and adviser, he has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on inside and outside the ring. He can be heard weekly as co-host of “The Fight Guys” podcast on the SB Nation Radio Network, and he just did a long sitdown interview with Thurman.
This is the same expert who nailed Pacquiao’s last two fights, delivering huge profits. Kahn told readers last summer to back Pacquiao at +550 to knock out Lucas Matthysse. The result: Pacquiao knocked him out in the seventh round. Then, Kahn told his followers to bet Pacquiao over Adrien Broner. Pacquiao dominated in a lopsided, unanimous decision, and anyone who followed Kahn’s lead hit it big.
For Thurman’s last fight, even though it was a mismatch versus Lopez, Kahn told readers to back the fight going the distance at +170. “After 22 months off, it doesn’t matter who you are, there’s no amount of sparring that could replace real rounds during a real fight,” Kahn wrote about Thurman’s pre-fight layoff. “It’s going to take some time for Thurman to shake off the ring rust even against a carefully selected opponent who not going to give him any trouble.” Thurman won a majority decision and Kahn’s followers scored again.
Now, Kahn has broken down Pacquiao vs. Thurman like only he can and released his best bets. You can only see them at SportsLine.