Manny Pacquiao proved on Saturday night that he is still capable of holding his own in the ring despite being on the wrong side of 40, and he has issued a statement thanking everyone who gave him a chance to show that.
Pacquiao took to Twitter on Monday to thank his opponent Keith Thurman, his fans, family, and all of the others who helped put the fight together.
To the fans I fight for, the media who cover me, the friends and family who support me, and to @KeithFThurmanJr, who accepted my challenge, Saturday night was an honor and privilege. I would also like to thank @premierboxing, @FOXSports, & @MGMGrand for a great event. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/yM91F5mnE4
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) July 22, 2019
Pacquiao won a split decision over Thurman, who was undefeated before Pac-Man beat him. Pacquiao showed he still has much of the speed, movement, and punching activity he became known for throughout his career, and he also landed some pretty big shots on Thurman.
Thurman sent a perfect tweet of his own and had nothing but good things to say about Pacquiao after the fight, so there’s clearly a great deal of mutual respect between the two. The win improved Pac-Man’s record to 62-7-2. Thurman is now 29-1.
- Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman on Saturday night in a split decision, and the previously undefeated Thurman apparently agreed with the two judges who scored in Pac Man’s favor.
Pacquiao won the fight after two judges scored the fight 115-112 in his favor, while Glenn Feldman scored it 114-113 for Thurman. Following the bout, Thurman sent a classy tweet about how his perfect 29-0 record deserved to fall.
I’ve always said I’m not afraid to let my 0 go, if you can beat me — beat me. @MannyPacquiao beat me tonight. Hats off to the Senator on a great performance. #OneTime #PacThurman pic.twitter.com/piX4A6lUOA
— Keith Thurman Jr. (@keithfthurmanjr) July 21, 2019
Thurman also showed a great deal of class while praising Pacquiao in his post-fight interview.
— David Kano (@TheDKano) July 21, 2019
It’s not uncommon for fighters to complain about how they were robbed after a split decision, so you have to give Thurman credit for the way he handled it. Pacquiao, who is now 40, landed some big shots on Thurman and proved he still has plenty left despite even his own trainer thinking he should retire at one point. Thurman didn’t want to take anything away from him.
Manny Pacquiao proved that he can continue to win despite his age as he beat Keith Thurman in a split decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pac-Man received the nod after two judges scored the fight 115-112 in his favor. Glenn Feldman scored it 114-113 for Thurman. The two judges who scored the fight for Pacquiao had him winning seven rounds to five. That would ordinarily result in a 115-113 score, but Thurman was deducted a point for being knocked down in the first round. Feldman had it seven rounds to five for Thurman, minus the point deduction for the knockdown.
Even at the age of 40, Pacquiao showcased some of the speed, movement, and punching activity he became known for throughout his career. He caught Thurman in the face with a stiff right hand towards the end of the first round that dropped Thurman to the canvas. The punched that knocked Thurman down came after a big body shot. The Filipino did more damage with a body shot later in the fight.
Pacquiao seemed to hurt Thurman in the 10th with a big shot to the body:
Here's the body shotpic.twitter.com/mIDhkkTnvT
— MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) July 21, 2019
Pacquiao was active throughout the fight and threw nearly 100 more punches than Thurman, according to FOX’s post-fight statistics. FOX did have Thurman landing more punches.
Pac-Man improves 62-7-2 (39 KOs) in his career and captured the WBA super welterweight championship belt. He has won three straight fights since a controversial decision loss to Jeff Horn in 2017. Each of Pacquiao’s last two wins have come via decision.
The loss marked the first of Thurman’s career. The 30-year-old was 29-0 entering the fight.
The victory is highly significant for Pacquiao. Some detractors said in 2012 that Pacquiao had lost his best ability following consecutive defeats to Timothy Bradley Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez, the latter coming in a brutal knockout. Pacquiao lost two more times after that, falling to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of the most disappointing fights of the decade, and later to Horn. Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, even said in 2017 he was thinking of telling Pacquiao to retire. But the Filipino fighter has been defiant, insisting he has several good years of fighting left. Being able to defeat an opponent in his prime the way Pacquiao did shows he is still very much a contender at the 147 pound weight limit.
Kawhi Leonard is a man about town.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP attended Saturday night’s fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that was headlined by the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman bout.
Board Man is not bored pic.twitter.com/NTXlMfgIw8
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 21, 2019
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) July 21, 2019
Leonard has been enjoying himself and making public appearances ever since winning the NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors. He attended a Blue Jays game in Toronto. He spent some time on the Vegas scene. He signed with the LA Clippers. And now he’s one of the most recognized celebrities at a boxing match.
Few athletes have raised their profile as much as Kawhi has in the past year. He has catapulted himself into true star status.
- Kawhi Leonard
Manny Pacquiao may be turning 41 later this year, but he still doesn’t sound like he is planning to retire any time remotely soon.
In an interview with TMZ Sports prior to his welterweight title bout against Keith Thurman on Saturday, the Filipino fighter said that he thinks he has another five years left in his professional boxing career.
“If you ask me about my body condition, I feel good,” said Pacquiao. “I feel young, like late 20s.”
When pressed on if he thought he would be able to fight until 45, the former eight-division champion replied, “My feeling right now, I can say yes … Body condition, my mind, my focus, the way I work hard. I’m still enjoying my training camp, happy doing it. It’s still there.”
While Pacquiao now has 70 professional fights under his belt over his nearly 25-year career, he still has a lot left in the tank having gone 4-1 in his last five bouts (with the only loss being a suspect decision defeat to Jeff Horn in 2017). He has also reinvented himself as a fighter in his advanced age, relying more on his technical skills rather than primarily on the quickness and punching power that characterized his younger years.
We have seen many a boxer still rack up the titles well into their 40s in recent years (Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, and Roy Jones Jr, to name a few). Pacquiao has flirted heavily with the idea of retirement before, but if Saturday goes well and the body and the heart are still willing, he may have plenty left to offer in the ring.
- Manny Pacquiao
The sport of boxing lost a legend on Sunday night when Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was hit by a car and killed, and his death has hit the fighting community hard.
Whitaker, who was 55, was struck and killed in a tragic accident in Virginia Beach. Details of the crash were not released as of Monday afternoon with the investigation ongoing, per the City of Virginia Beach.
OVERNIGHT: A man died after he was hit by a car on Northampton Blvd. in #VirginiaBeach.
A woman who saw the accident scene says “That was someone’s brother, child, or father.” pic.twitter.com/eS36JqrXjO
— Kiahnna Patterson (@KPattersonWAVY) July 15, 2019
Several of boxing’s biggest names took to social media to pay tribute to Whitaker after learning the sad news.
I’m truly lost for words to hear Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker is no longer with us. He was a flawless fighter. Condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/pZZEceN7h2
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 15, 2019
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) July 15, 2019
It was an honor to share the ring with him. In terms of his defense and ring generalship, Pernell Whitaker was the best fighter that I ever fought. On behalf of everyone at Golden Boy, we send our prayers and condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/sa4qZIDIIG
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) July 15, 2019
I am saddened to learn of my good friend and Olympic teammate Pernell Whitaker's untimely passing last night.
We share so many great memories. He was small in statue but yet so big in heart and skills inside the ring, there will never be another like him, he will truly be missed pic.twitter.com/IqmXkqpqkG
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) July 15, 2019
When Pernell Whitaker was world champion from lightweight to light middleweight, he was something special. In my Top 2 fave fighters. I could watch hours and hours of him. Glad I got to sit next to him at the Ward v Kovalev fight in Las Vegas. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/56T1ueHiLh
— Ashley Theophane (@AshleyTheophane) July 15, 2019
On my NY public access TV show “Max on Boxing” (1989-1998), I talked Pernell Whitaker more than any other fighter; it was basically the Pernell Whitaker show. He was the pound for pound best for half a decade, and one of the 3 greatest pure boxers who ever lived. RIP Sweet Pea.
— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) July 15, 2019
Whitaker held numerous titles during his boxing career and had a 40-4-1 record with 17 knockouts. He was one of the best fighters of the 1990s and one of the best defensive boxers of all time. He made a name for himself similar to the way Floyd Mayweather Jr. did, as he was virtually impossible to hit.
Before there was Floyd Mayweather
There was Sweet Pea
R.I.P Pernell Whitaker pic.twitter.com/FRGDPNMyun
— Undefeated Podcast (@podundefeated) July 15, 2019
Sweat Pea was truly one of the best to do it.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr has some pretty good skills on the basketball court, but he was on the wrong end of the highlight of the night at a charity game on Monday.
Mayweather’s team went up against a team led by Rob Gronkowski at the second annual Monster Energy $50K Charity Challenge Celebrity Basketball game, which was held at UCLA. Unfortunately for the undefeated boxer, one of the most exciting plays in the game was when he was obliterated by a crossover from professional street baller Larry “Bone Collector” Williams.
BC vs FLOYD MAYWEATHER
Today was Legendary at the @power_106 celeb game at UCLA! Big shoutout to @djeman @gronk @floydmayweather for putting together this type of event for teen cancer awareness and the @50kcharitychallenge
I can’t wait for the next one with @vaynersports pic.twitter.com/mAANlYk7Wr
— Bone Collector (@BoneCollector23) July 9, 2019
They don’t call the man “Bone Collector” for nothing. To his credit, Floyd seemed to take it well. He’s not the first person who has had his ankles broken by Williams, hence the nickname.
We’ve shown you some devastating crossovers throughout the years, but that was easily one of the most ruthless. Mayweather is going to be hearing about that for a while.
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.