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Thurman likes odds, bets on self against Pacquiao

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posted July 18, 2019 at 07:51 pm

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Keith Thurman is oozing with so much confidence that he is betting on knocking out Manny Pacquiao in the early rounds of their WBA (Super) welterweight title bout.

The undefeated champion Thurman said that he will wager $10,000 (around Php 515,000) on himself sending the eight-time division world titlist to the canvass within the first two rounds of their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

\”We\’re going for the overall victory,\” said Thurman in their last press conference for the upcoming fight.

\”And then for a 1st round KO, 2nd round KO and lucky number 7 round KO,\” he added to a mix of some cheers and jeers while his opponent Pacquiao sat just amused at the coarse American.

\”At the end of the day, it\’s a sport. I\’m a winner in life, but to bet on myself on the opening round, I like to encourage myself. It\’s a part of my strategy as a fighter,\” he continued.

“I’m gonna be putting some money down on this fight, too. I’ll go for first (or) second round knockout,” said Thurman in another interview with TMZ Sports.

“We don’t wanna just make money so I don’t wanna bet straight up. I wanna bet on KO. At least that’s a motivation,” he added.

In the latest odds, Thurman is a +142 underdog (risk $100 to win $142) while Pacquiao is a -165 favorite (risk $165 to win $100). But the cocky fighter out of Clearwater, Florida, who has an immaculate record of 29 wins highlighted by 22 knockouts, does not mind the underdog tag.

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“Anybody who knows me, watch my boxing and watch how I speak upon boxing, I just really understand the game very well and every fight that I’ve taken I’ve never felt like the underdog,” said Thurman, who will rely on his height and reach advantages against Pacquiao’s speed and experience.

“They’ve never made me the underdog. I always felt like I was always gonna be coming out on top even if they, you know, win some rounds, they’re not winning the fight,” he added.

Thurman, however, may lose his bet as the 40-year old Filipino boxer has never been knocked out since 2012 when he was stopped by Mexican counter-punch specialist Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth encounter.

Thurman, however, may lose his bet as the 40-year old Filipino boxer has never been knocked out since 2012 when he was stopped by Mexican counter-punch specialist Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth encounter.

Pacquiao won his last two fights against much-younger foes, beating Argentina’s Lucas Mathysse via seventh round TKO and going the distance for a unanimous decision against American fighter Adrien Broner.

Still, Thurman believes that Pacquiao does not stand a chance against his style.

Still, Thurman believes that Pacquiao does not stand a chance against his style.

“The good thing about Pacquiao is he’s going into the ring with speed, with power. But he better get me before I get him. That’s the only option. He’s not winning round by round.”

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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

Former UFC fighter Francis Ngannou accused AJ camp of ‘trickery’ when he suffered devastating knockdowns in the first and second round last March 8, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The MMA fighter and former UFC heavyweight champion said that AJ camp sabotaged him by letting him go early in the arena.

“We both fought at 3am. What I think, something that’s happened is that they get me to the arena very early. Like my pickup time was 10.30pm to go to the arena. And then when we get to the arena, they tell us that we are scheduled around 1.45am. right?” Ngannou blurted.

He believed that he came exhausted, which resulted in his humiliating defeat.

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

The 57-year old legend Mike Tyson (50 wins – 6 loss) vs 27-year old YouTuber Jake Paul (9 wins – 1 loss) must undergo major tests before the fight to materialize at AT&T Stadium in Texas Arlington on July 20, 2024.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) urged Tyson to undergo or pass a brain test Electroencephalography (EEG) and Electrocardiogram (EKG) for the heart.

“A person aged 36 or older applying for a contestant’s license must submit a report of favourable physical testing conducted within the previous 12 months, including but not limited to an EEG and an EKG.” TDLR elaborated.

Meanwhile, the American youtuber explained that he picked Tyson because he wants to change the history of boxing. He already fought Floyd Mayweather Jr but he lost.

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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

After the controversial posts of Ryan Garcia and the alleged Mental Health evaluation request of the Athletic Commision, the World Boxing Commission (WBC) assured that they are in talks with New York State Commission (NYSC) for the April 20, 2024 bout.

Ryan Garcia (24 wins 1 loss) will clash with undefeated Devin Haney (31 wins – 0 loss) in April however, Ryan faces a number of issues. Though it may be part of marketing their fight, the fans are alarmed how Garcia is behaving in social media.

Boxing Hall of Famer, Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar Dela Hoya said that Garcia is in great spirits in the gym.

“Don’t mind the posts, that takes like five, 10 seconds of his time. He’s working hard every single minute of the day.” he exclaimed.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán said that the fight is not cancelled.

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