WE’RE halfway through 2019 and still await the identity of the spoilsport who will one day come along and wipe the ever-present smile from Manny Pacquiao’s face, consigning him to the retirement scrapheap (alongside the majority of his old foes).
But one thing we do know is that it won’t be Keith Thurman.
Thurman, the latest in a long line of Pacquiao opponents who said all the right stuff beforehand, couldn’t get to grips with the sprightly Filipino for enough of the 12 rounds they shared last night (July 20) in Las Vegas. Dropped in round one, when a promising and aggressive start was answered by a hard, numbing Pacquiao jab-cum-hook, Thurman soon realised his brand of power counter-punching wasn’t what was required to steal rounds from an eight-weight champion unrelenting in his work ethic and punch output. The decision, a split one, went the way of Pacquiao, as did the WBA welterweight title. Thurman, though competitive, didn’t argue.