As impressive as the feat in itself is, to further put things in perspective, Pacquiao was once dubbed “The Mexicutioner” when he first burst in the US boxing scene and started collecting the scalps of legendary Mexican champions like Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and even Oscar Dela Hoya. While naysayers say he caught them at the tailend of their career and that they were “washed up”, now Pacquiao is still willing to face anyone and is going through PBC’s roster of young welterweight champions at an even older age when supposedly those Mexican legends were old and over the hill.
Thurman has said a lot of things, from hurling insults to singing Pacquiao’s praises all in the same sentence. Nonsense. When I say Thurman is cashing out, I don’t mean him cashing out on the checks he’s written by virtue of his verbal threats and retirement plans for his elderly opponent.
Talk is cheap. But the question does remain: Can Thurman send Pacquiao into permanent retirement? Before we even try to validate that statement, I’ll nip that in the bud right here and say that’s boldly exaggerated.
The 18,358 who gathered at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the millions who watched the event live around the world were definitely not disappointed.
As much has been said about Askren’s unblemished professional MMA record that stood for over 10 years, Masvidal silenced all the chatter and noise that hounded their matchup leading to UFC 239 in the most abrupt and emphatic fashion.