🗣️|| “Does Manny belong in the ring with a fighter in his prime? Is Keith Thurman still Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman after some vulnerability against Josesito Lopez?” (Thurman asking himself the question)…..
By Tré Berry III🖋️
Life was lived at its most simplistic in General Santos City, Philppines, and the hardships remained a crux towards every decision that was made by the family, that was a determinant on whether they would be able to eat a bowl of rice for the day.
♛🇵🇭Manny Pacquiao was one of six siblings living in a 1 bedroom spot was in his young teen years where he felt the need to step up to the plate, accelerating his maturation process to try and help the family out through his hardships. He dropped out of High School and resorted to selling stolen cigarettes to make an earning to contribute to the family. He did what he had to do, but understood that was not nearly enough, and that something had to change for his families well-being, as well as his. Continue reading “Their Stories: Small Stature, Bigger Troubles, Giant Dreams (Manny Pacquiao) 🇵🇭”
WBA Welterweight Champion 🇺🇸Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0-0, 22KO) even during his most active days at the height of his career (before suffering a myriad of injuries), was very vocal and outspoken about trying to get a fight with one of the 2 legends of the sport campaigning at the Welterweight division before they retired from the ring. His first option was getting a fight against ♛🥉🇺🇸Floyd Mayweather Jr., but with Floyd’s departure from the sport, this was deemed impossible for Keith to secure.
Well fortunate for Thurman, there was one more All-Time-Great available who not only is still active, but is also still a very dangerous opponent for most fighters at 147 lbs. That fighter is boxing’s only 5-Division Lineal World Champion, and its only 12-Time, 8-Division World Champion ♛🇵🇭Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39KO), who has the secondary WBA belt which ultimately serves as #1 WBA contender to the Belt that Thurman possesses. Continue reading “A Welterweight Showdown – Two Generations Collide”
By Tre Berry
Living legend Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39KO) was successful Saturday night, as he looked very spry at 40 years of age en route to defeating Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (33-4-1, 24KO) by comfortable unanimous decision.
Pacquiao gave him many different looks, outworking and outwitting the younger man in a chess game, firing off multiple combinations and staying out of Broner’s range for most of the fight to counter consistently, although Broner found a few opportunities to get some clean shots in, but was landing one at a time virtually throughout the match.
Broner only threw an anemic 295 punches through 12 rounds, and there is no way in hell you can ever win a boxing match by throwing less than 300 punches; In fact, the 40 year old veteran literally doubled Adrien’s punch output, who is 11 years Pacquiao’s junior, which is a shame in and of itself.
Even more shameful than that, Broner went off post-fight with one of his usual ridiculous, over the top rants, believing somehow he had won, what was clearly a one sided, dominant affair, against his favor. Broner also didn’t do himself any favors in the Championship rounds, with Manny predominantly chasing him around the ring, especially in the waning seconds of the 12th round.
As for Pacquiao, he of course expressed interest towards Floyd Mayweather Jr. (who was in attendance due to his fighter Badou Jack being on the card) for a possible re-match if Floyd ever decides to step foot in the ring again and fight an actual boxer. When prompted by Jim Gray on whether Floyd had any desires in the re-match, Mayweather stayed mum about it, thus making it enigmatic whether it will become a reality or not.
All in all, a very sharp performance for Manny, who realistically, if you erase the Jeff Horn bout from memory, has looked the same as he has been within the last 5 years, which is interesting in and of itself given his age. This was the worst that Broner was ever defeated as a professional, and his effort you could categorize as flat out dismal.
JON UDDIN = 118 – 110 for MANNY PACQUIAO
TRÉ BERRY = 118 – 109 for MANNY PACQUIAO
By Jon Uddin
Love it or hate it, the Adrien Broner boxing fans have come to know was on display Wednesday at the final press conference for Saturday’s welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquaio.
Broner lashed out at Al Bernstein, appearing to believe the longtime Showtime Boxing analyst has it out for him..”I ain’t even gonna lie to you. I don’t fuck with you, bro. I don’t fuck with you. You be talking so much shit about me on Twitter, bro. I’m just being real, bro. I just already feel like you against me. I would rather Roy Jones or Stephen A. Smith ask me some questions. I don’t fuck with you.”
The harshest criticism to be found by Bernstein was after Broner’s loss to Mikey Garcia, where Bernstein stated in the post fight that Broner had come up short in his three top level fights (vs Maidana, Porter, and Garcia). When interviewed after the presser Bernstein said as far as twitter goes he has tweeted about Broner “maybe 5-10 times in 6 years” and when he did it was all boxing related and never personal.
Before the press conference wrapped up, Broner would deliver verbal jabs to the Filipino Pacquiao supporters in attendance “I got a cat for you for dinner” and “I got some sautéed German Shepherd for you in the back”
In the end we all know what we are getting into when we have an Adrien Broner fight, the blueprint hasn’t changed over the past 6 to 7 years. What has changed is the current landscape of boxing and the new young blood that has arrived. Broner’s routine has grown dull and predictable, he is now at the point where he needs to win a top level fight to continue to be relevant in the sport.