THE more Wanheng Menayothin keeps winning, and stretching his pro boxing record, the easier it is to forget the hype and hullabaloo that soundtracked Floyd Mayweather reaching 50-0 last year against a mixed martial artist. And that, I’m sure we’ll all agree, can only be a good thing.
Today in Thailand, Menayothin increased his unbeaten run to 51 fights, thus overtaking Mayweather in the pantheon of unbeatens, and did so with a decision win against an unheralded Filipino called Pedro Taduran Jr. It was, like Mayweather’s against McGregor, a win never in doubt. Taduran, after all, was having his first fight outside his home country and boasted a modest 12-2 (9) pro record, hardly the stats to strike fear into a WBC strawweight champion, much less dethrone him.
In the end, the 32-year-old Menayothin stemmed the aggression of a man 11 years his junior by using his accurate right hand to keep him at bay. He figured Taduran’s left style early and never allowed him to grab a foothold in the contest. It led to a relatively one-sided fight, during which Taduran was dedicated points for low blows, and scorecards of 118-108, 115-111 and 117-110.