Keith Thurman A Considerable Betting Favorite Over Danny Garcia

It's the most anticipated fight of 2017 to date - and easily the most eagerly-awaited welterweight fight in the post Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao era.

Yet somehow, the experts and bettors are convinced that Keith Thurman will triumph over Danny Garcia this weekend.

The pair collide in just the third-ever welterweight unification clash involving unbeaten titlists, with the clash airing live in primetime on CBS (Saturday 9:00pm ET) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Pre-fight talks have suggested a 50/50 matchup, but it's Thurman who current sits as a healthy 2-1 betting favorite according to the experts at Bovada.lv.

Garcia is a +160 betting underdog to prevail in this weekend's bout, which marks his sixth career appearance at Barclays. All have been in headlining capacity, including his topping the first-ever boxing event from the Brooklyn hotspot in Oct. '12, where he knocked out Erik Morales in the 4th round of their rematch. The Philly native - who turns 29 later this month - last appeared at the venue in Aug. '15, stopping former two-division titlist and Brooklyn native Paul Malignaggi in eight rounds.

Despite remaining perfect and having won titles at 140 and 147, Garcia is no stranger to the underdog role. Among the bouts where he wasn't given much of a chance to prevail was his Sept. '13 showdown with Lucas Matthysse. The bout served in supporting capacity to Floyd Mayweather's World super welterweight championship winning effort over Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, but it was the co-feature that was expected to steal the show. Expectations were also for Matthysse to break down and knock out his unbeaten foe, but it was Garcia who scored the bout's lone knockdown and shut down the Argentine slugger en route to his career-best feat to date.

Still, most have him tabbed to come up short versus Thurman (27-0, 22KOs), who remains on the short list of the future of the welterweight division. The down-to-earth Floridian rose to prominence in 2012, picking up a secondary welterweight title before receiving a full upgrade in 2015. He appeared in the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC, ESPN and CBS, the latter coming in a 12-round win over Shawn Porter in the first CBS-primetime boxing event since Leon Spinks shocked the world with a 15-round points win over Muhammad Ali in their first World heavyweight championship meet in 1978.

Thurman has been out of the ring since the Porter clash - which also took place at the Barclays Center - but received his post-fight wish in landing a dream fight with Garcia. Overall he will make the 7th defense of any version of the welterweight title.

Below are all of the betting scenarios offered for this weekend's unification bout. Of all of the scenarios, the least likely is a 1st round knockout by Garcia, which comes at 60/1 odds.

Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia Round Betting

Thurman in Round 1 40/1

Thurman in Round 2 40/1

Thurman in Round 3 28/1

Thurman in Round 4 25/1

Thurman in Round 5 22/1

Thurman in Round 6 20/1

Thurman in Round 7 20/1

Thurman in Round 8 20/1

Thurman in Round 9 22/1

Thurman in Round 10 25/1

Thurman in Round 11 28/1

Thurman in Round 12 40/1

Thurman on Points 5/4

Garcia in Round 1 66/1

Garcia in Round 2 50/1

Garcia in Round 3 40/1

Garcia in Round 4 40/1

Garcia in Round 5 33/1

Garcia in Round 6 33/1

Garcia in Round 7 33/1

Garcia in Round 8 33/1

Garcia in Round 9 33/1

Garcia in Round 10 40/1

Garcia in Round 11 40/1

Garcia in Round 12 50/1

Garcia on Points 15/4

Fight Draw 20/1

Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia Method of Victory

Thurman by KO, TKO or DQ 9/4

Thurman by Decision or Technical Decision 5/4

Garcia by KO, TKO or DQ 4/1

Garcia by Decision or Technical Decision 15/4

Draw or Technical Draw 20/1

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