THE great Manny Pacquiao has been labelled many things during the course of his incredible 24-year professional career. He has been called a champion – a champion at multiple weights, no less – and a warrior and a beast and a phenomenon and a hero and a role model and a marvel. He has been known as ‘Pac-Man’, ‘The Mexicutioner’, ‘The Destroyer’ and ‘Senator’.
Never, though, has Manny Pacquiao been described as a ‘bunny rabbit’, nor has his style ever been likened to a ‘hop around the ring’.
Then again, he has never before boxed American Keith Thuman, the WBA welterweight champion, whose view of Pacquiao, at 40, is markedly different to that of others.