- Boxing Odds: Keith Thurman -180 betting favorite, Mario Barrios +140 underdog.
- Keith Thurman has had a long layoff of almost three years.
- Barrios is coming off an impressive effort against Gervonta Davis.
Keith “One Time” Thurman and Mario “El Azteca” Barrios engage in a 12-round welterweight battle in the spotlight of a full FOX Sports PBC PPV lineup on Saturday, Feb. 5 from Las Vegas. We review the latest Thurman vs Barrios odds in our betting preview to follow.
Thurman vs Barrios Odds
The opening Thurman vs Barrios odds are favoring “One Time” Thurman as a -180 favorite. You can bet $180 on Thurman to net Barrios. Meanwhile, Barrios has underdog betting value here, coming in at +140 means if you wagered $100 you could net $140 on the upset occurring.
In terms of boxing odds, this fight is priced relatively close by boxing betting sites we monitor.
Betting on Thurman vs Barrios
Weltweright boxing continues to be oe of the biggest weight classes in boxing. Thurman (29-1-1) is coming off a loss to Manny Pacquiou, and ended up having an anlost three year layoff. His opponent Mario Barrios is a more formidable one than many had anticipated after such a lengthy time out of the ring
Mario Barrios (26-1) is a respectable effort in his last outing against Gervonta Davis. Barrios pushed “Tank” to the limit, but eventually Davis started to score some knockdowns eventually finishing Barrios in the 11th round. Compubox statistics paint is a picture of just how close Barrios’s last bout was, with “El Azteca”
Gervonta Davis landed 11 punches in the first 4 rounds and then 85 in the final 6.5 rounds. Davis landed 45% of his power punches (82/182). The game Mario Barrios outlanded Davis in 6 of the 10 completed rounds.Source BoxingScene.
“One Time” is clearly serious about his comeback. At his peak around 2016, he was one of the premier boxing fighters. Scoring a remarkable win over Shawn “Showtime” Porter. It will remain to be seen if Thurman will ever be able to reach those highs again.
Thurman is used to be the betting favorite for the majority of his career. Against Manny, Thurman was edged the oddsmakers at around -150. Prior to that “One Time” opened as a -1000 against Josesito Lopez and closed around -3000 come fight night. I don’t expect to see a huge fluctuation in boxing odds here for either fighter. However, the betting value is there depending on who’s your early betting pick.
For Barrios, this is another huge opportunity for him to shine. Prior to fighting Davis he had a polished undefeated record and was used to being a sizeable betting favorite to due to the lower level of competiton he faced. On Feb 5, Mario Barrios will choose to chase greatness once again.
“I still believe he’s one of the best in the division,” welterweight Mario Barrios said Wednesday of his February 5th opponent, former world titlist Keith Thurman. “I’m trying to chase greatness.” Barrios may be the underdog heading into his pay per view throwdown with the individual known as “One Time,” but the Texas based fighter is aiming to make his mark on the fight world.
Still, despite the enormous obstacle Thurman represents, Barrios indicated during Wednesday’s online press event that he’s savoring the moment. “I’m honored to be fighting amongst these other guys (on the card),” he said, “but I mean, the main event, it’s one you do not want to miss out on.”
We all know “One Time” Thurman can talk a big game. That being said, he back up most of his talk throughout his career. He’s certainly not looking past Barrios, but recognizes the challange ahed of him that he’s ready for.
“I was given a few options for opponents, and once I heard Barrios had interest in it, I knew that he was coming off an exciting fight and that I wanted to make it happen. Once Barrios was on the menu, I was ready to take him.
“There’s always pressure to be great. That pressure makes diamonds. Fighters like me and like Barrios, we want to shine. We take that pressure and everything coming our way. That’s the path of the warrior. There’s so much beauty in it. Our hearts pump better when we take those challenges head on.
“I’m here to prove that I’m not the kind of fighter that you can write off. The cream is going to rise to the top. I might have fallen, but you best believe I’m going to rise again. This year is about doing what I have to do to be at the pinnacle of the division.”
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