More Boxers Picks for Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia!

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Source:  Forbes

Amir Khan: The former lightweight and junior welterweight titlist is coming off a massive knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez but could end up rebounding nicely with a May matchup against Manny Pacquiao for his welterweight belt (and what would likely be a massive payday). Garcia stopped Khan in their 2012 fight, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Khan is picking Garcia to win. “I just don’t think that Thurman’s fought anyone who is dangerous…” Khan told Fight Hype. “From what I’ve seen, I’ve not really been impressed. He’s good at knocking out bums and tin cans … he’s not really beat a big name or anything.”

Terry Flanagan: One of the lightweight belt-holders, the undefeated Englishman will defend his title vs. Petr Petrov in April. He said Thurman is “a good all-rounder but nothing special,” and instead, he thinks Garcia will pull off the victory. “Garcia can box and has power. He rises to the level of his opponent as he showed when belting Lucas Matthysse,” Flanagan told Boxing Scene. “Garcia’s due a big performance after looking scrappy in his last few … I expect it’ll be cagey at first but it’s being hyped up, both can punch, so eventually it should turn into a good scrap. If pushed, I’ll sway to Garcia on points or very late knockout.”

Kenny Porter: In what was Thurman’s most impressive performance of his career, he beat Shawn Porter by close unanimous decision last year. It’s clear Kenny Porter, Shawn’s father and trainer, wants a rematch with Thurman, and he thinks a Thurman win vs. Garcia will help get his son to that bout. “Thurman didn’t want the rematch, but we’ll get him eventually,” Kenny Porter told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “I think Thurman beats Garcia because Shawn put him in a life or death situation. He’s prepared. Garcia hasn’t had that type of competition.”

Shawn Porter: Once you hear Kenny Porter’s prediction, it probably isn’t difficult to figure out who his son thinks will win. “Keith Thurman is kind of right above him in everything,” Shawn Porter told Fight Hype. “The deciding factor is going to be the game plan. Keith’s corner is going to come in with a gameplan that’s just going to be solid and will beat Danny Garcia’s corner.”

Badou Jack: Coming off one of the best fights of the year – a draw with James DeGale – Jack looks at Garcia and sees somebody familiar. Which is why he’s going with Garcia. “He’s a little like myself. He’s underrated,” Jack told the Mayweather Boxing Channel on YouTube. “Keith Thurman is good. He’s got good footwork, and he can punch. He’s probably the better boxer. But I like Garcia.”

Ashley Theophane: The man who’s won seven of his last eight fights – his one loss was to Adrien Broner on a Showtime card – felt Garcia’s power when the two fought in 2010. Theophane lost a split decision, and Garcia impressed him. “He’s explosive, man,” Theophane told Boxing Scene. “You have to be wary of his power punches. He’s also fought the better opposition. But, you know what, I’m going to go with Keith. He’s possibly got the better versatility, can box and punch. Both have great chins but, from my experience, Garcia hasn’t got much of a jab. Garcia shows more limitations.”

Abel Sanchez: The trainer for Gennady Golovkin apparently isn’t all that impressed with Thurman. “I don’t think that much of Thurman, honestly,” Sanchez told FightHub. “I’ve never thought that much of Thurman. I think Danny Garcia is a better fighter. He may be the smaller fighter, but I see Danny winning.”

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