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Keith Thurman is supremely confident in himself heading into his July 20 bout against the legendary Manny Pacquiao. He’s so confident, in fact, that he placed a large wager on himself to knock Pacman out in the first two rounds.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Thurman said he wagered $10,000 that he’ll knock his opponent out before Round 3.

“I’m younger. I’m gonna let my hands go in a way that Adrian Broner didn’t,” Thurman said … “I’m gonna make it a fight!” 

For what it’s worth, Thurman has knocked out his opponent 22 times out of 29 total wins previously. The 30-year-old hasn’t knocked anyone out in a few years, however, and won his last three fights with 12-round decisions.

On the other side, Pacquiao has only been knocked out three times in his legendary career.

So, in no way is it a sure bet for Thurman. Needless to say, he’s got plenty of motivation to make it happen.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.