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 fighting pride of the Philippines will pay dearly if he chooses pride over common sense.