Article by: Pete Caceci
After enduring through countless taunts by opposing boxer Keith Thurman, boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao responded by winning the WBA welterweight title by split decision. The 40-year-old Filipino defied the many doubters by entering the ring and displaying a quick barrage that many would compare to a prime-fighter. Following the match, Manny became the only eight-division champion in the entire realm of boxing.
“I am not that kind of boxer that talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight. I think he did his best, and I did my best, I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight,” Pacquiao said. Coming out of the gate with ferocity, Pacquiao slammed down Thurman to the canvas with a great right hook. For the remaining 11 rounds Pacquiao stood his ground against follow-up punches and fast jabs, while continuing to punish the Clearwater-native.
As much as Pacquiao won the fight, his opponent had obtained some very decent statistics as well. For example, Thurman landed 210 punches to Manny’s 195 and converted 36.8 percent of his attempts to the opposing 28.4 percent. “I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe,” Thurman said. “I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. My conditioning and my output was just behind Manny’s.” It was very apparent that Thurman wanted a rematch, as he had learned a lot about Pacquiao’s style, but we viewers will just have to wait until next time. Since Pacquiao will return to the Philippines to continue his political career in the senate.
This was not the first time that the champion was heavily doubted. Back in 2018, Manny faced off against Lucas Matthysse, an Argentinian boxer whose aggressive pressure fighting style would be dangerous. Nonetheless, the Filipino pummeled his opponent and won in seven rounds by TKO, winning the regular WBA welterweight title after a year of inactivity. Since then, viewership and number of fans surged as this older fighter still had some gas in the tank.
Personally, I am very happy that Manny is putting down these young fighters. Not only is it showing that age has nothing to do with success, but it also outlines a classic redemption story by climbing back to the top. Despite taking another brief absence in boxing, I really admire his dedication to the people of his country. He is always giving back to the community through his charity the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, which helps poverty-stricken families and kids by having a decent education and lifestyle. Here’s to many more victories Manny.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out many more!
Thanks for reading and to keep up with all things sports, be sure to keep it here at Heated Sports!