WHEN Manny Pacquiao shockingly lost to the unfancied Jeff Horn two years ago – albeit on a contentious unanimous decision – the end was seemingly nigh for the ageing great. Yet since this unexpected reverse, the legendary Filipino has notched impressive victories over the heavy-handed Lucas Matthysse and the enigmatic Adrien Broner.
Such has been the eye-catching nature of Pacquiao’s resurgence that the bookmakers have installed the 40-year-old as favourite against a reigning world champion who is 10 years younger and has never tasted defeat. But Pacquiao’s fine form isn’t the only reason why Keith Thurman is the slight betting outsider ahead of their fascinating Las Vegas matchup this Saturday (July 20). The American’s poor injury record and recent inactivity certainly has something to do with this, too.
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