FOX Sports announces a trio of current and former champions to serve as analysts for the FOX SPORTS PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS PAY-PER-VIEW: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN broadcast. WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr., WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter and former two-division champion Danny Garcia join International Boxing Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and undisputed three-time heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, adding insights and analysis. Wilder, Porter, Garcia and Mancini join hosts Chris Myers, and Kate Abdo live on FOX Sports’ desk for fight programmi
Spence, Porter, Wilder Part Of FOX’s Pacquiao-Thurman Coverage …
By Keith Idec
LAS VEGAS – We still don’t know when Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter will square off in their welterweight title unification fight.
They’ll come face-to-face Friday, though, as part of FOX’s coverage of the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman pay-per-view fight. Spence (25-0, 21 KOs), the IBF welterweight champion, and Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs), the WBC 147-pound champ, will be guest analysts for FS1’s Pacquiao-Thurman weigh-in show Friday at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
Porter also will call some of the action from ringside Saturday night because one of FOX’s analysts, trainer Joe Goossen, will work a corner during the broadcast. Goossen handles former IBF junior welterweight champ Sergey Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOs), who is scheduled to face an opponent Goossen used to train, John Molina Jr. (30-8, 24 KOs), in a 12-rounder that’ll be part of the FOX Sports Pay-Per-View broadcast.
Once the Lipinets-Molina match ends, Goossen will return to ringside to call the Omar Figueroa Jr.-Yordenis Ugas and Pacquiao-Thurman fights. Blow-by-blow announcer Kenny Albert and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis also will call the FOX Sports Pay-Per-View and FOX fights Saturday night.
Pacquiao on Thurman: Easy To Say Things, Not Easy To Do Them …
Twenty-four years after first climbing into a professional boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao will attempt to defy the march of time here Saturday when he battles undefeated Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight crown.
The 40-year-old Filipino icon clashes with Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is arguably his most challenging assignment since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015’s money-spinning “Fight of the Century”.
Pacquiao, who has managed to successfully juggle a political career in the Philippines while continuing to box at a high level, looked sharp in his last outing in January, a unanimous decision against Adrien Broner.
But the eight-division world champion is facing an altogether higher-calibre opponent in the shape of Thurman, renowned as one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division with 22 knockouts in 30 fights.
Thurman, who at 30 years old is a full decade younger than Pacquiao, sees Saturday as an attempt to build his legacy, and has bluntly vowed to send the Filipino into retirement.
Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales, Timothy Bradley Share Predictions On …
Boxing legends and Manny Pacquiao’s past opponents have shared their unique predictions of the Pacquiao-Thurman superfight.
Former boxing world champions Ricky Hatton, Timothy Bradley and Erik Morales revealed their own predictions on the upcoming welterweight superfight between Pacquiao and Thurman. Two of the boxers picked the Filipino boxing legend, while the other one is banking on the younger champ.
There are three predictions that seem to matter the most ahead of the Pacquiao-Thurman fight — Hatton’s, Bradley’s and Morales’ — not only because they are world-famous boxers, but also because of the fact that they were all Pacquiao’s past opponents at one point. Just yesterday, a compilation of Paquiao-Thurman predictions was uploaded by FightHype.com. In the video, Hatton and Bradley shared their insights and picks. Hatton picked Pacquiao, while Bradley banked on Thurman.
Hatton had a lot to say about the fighter who marked the beginning of the end of his career. Hatton said he believes that Pacquiao may not be “the same force he was a few years,” but he has still managed to win his fights and that makes him think that Pacman could still win even if he’s already aging.
The former champ highlighted that Pacquiao still looks good and even used the phrase “rock on” as he agree that 40-year-old champ should still fight. However, Hatton hopes that Pacquiao knows “the right time to get out.”