Manny Pacquiao was able to establish the fact that he is one of the greatest boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves long ago. And last Saturday night’s defeat of former welterweight champion Keith Thurman only serves to add to this legacy.
The list of accomplishments for Manny Pacquiao is seemingly never-ending. Pacquiao has been named the fighter of the year three times and was acknowledged as the decades best fighter in 2000. He has also won titles in a record eight different weight classes. The man who has been heralded as the fighting pride of his native Philippines has not accomplished these feats by relying on his defense.
The 40-year-old Pacquiao was able to knock down his younger opponent in the first round of Saturday’s fight. He held on to win a hotly contested split decision. The victory is even more incredible once you consider Pacquiao was once a flyweight fighter who was a decade removed from previous big wins.
Thurman was respectful after suffering his first defeat as a professional fighter and spoke highly of Pacquiao at the post-fight press conference. Thurman told reporters that Pacquaio was the better man on the night and said the 40-year-old still has a lot of fight left in him.
The amazing career of Manny Pacquiao includes 62 victories in 71 professional boxing matches. The ‘Pac Man’ has suffered seven defeats and fought to two draws. Pacquiao has also served as a Senator in the Philippines during the last few years of his professional boxing career.
Pacquiao says he ranks Thurman with the greatest fighters he has faced. He also says the younger man was as strong as any of the men he faced in the past.
The win against Thurman was his second since his 40th birthday. The first was a victory against the much younger Adrien Broner. The performances have drawn comparisons to fighters like Bernard Hopkins and George Foreman, two fighters who also had success as they neared middle age.
It is uncertain who Pacquiao’s next opponent will be but he expressed that he will fight again sometime next year. First, he has to return to the Philippines to fulfill his Senatorial duties.
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who was back in Pacquiao’s corner after a brief absence, says he and his prized pupil had a great training camp. He also expressed pride in the performance Pacquiao put on against Keith Thurman.
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