Boxing News At Five | May 23 2019

Boxing News at Five: Thurman aims to destroy “bunny rabbit” Pacquiao, Hunter wants to earn Joshua fight, not have it given to him

Keith Thurman says the legendary Manny Pacquiao isn't half the man he used to be, and Michael Hunter is happy for Andy Ruiz Jnr to get his Anthony Joshua shot
Manny Pacquiao
Thurman has tried to rattle Pacquiao Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

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.


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