Keith Thurman puts his unbeaten record on the line Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Both fighters are coming off victories in January in their last fights. Thurman returned from an injury layoff of nearly two years to win a majority decision over Josesito Lopez on Jan. 26. Pacquiao defeated Adrien Broner by a unanimous decision on Jan. 19. Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) has called the bout a “legacy fight.” The still-formidable Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) is the favorite at -170, according to the Action Network.
USA TODAY Sports’ Josh Peter provides round-by-round updates and analysis of the championship fight:
Round 1: Chants of Manny, Manny. But nothing happening early. Manny threw a big right hook but missed. Now Thurman moving forward and throws decent punches. Thurman lands good right hand. Manny fires back and Thurman covering up. Manny moving forward. But thurman lands a combination. Thurman lands another solid right. big left by Thurman. Manny knocks down Thurman! Catches him with surprising punch. Square on the chin that punch landed. But Thurman up and will survive the round.
Peter’s score: Manny 10, Thurman 8.