Pacquiao Outduels & Outclasses Thurman

By: TC Martin

Manny Pacquiao displayed once again that age isn’t nothing but a number.  The 40 year old senator from the Philippines out-punched and out-classed a younger Keith Thurman earning a split decisions victory in front of a partisan Pacquiao crowd of 14,356 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena

The fight played out as expected with Pacquiao throwing volumes of punches with his hand speed and power being the difference.  Pacquiao started fast and floored Thurman with a straight right hand sending him to the canvas.  The effects of that knockdown caused Thurman to re-think his game plan of coming forward.  He lost the first five rounds on judge Tim Cheatham’s scorecard while Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman gave Pacquiao four of the first five rounds.

Thurman came back in the middle portion of the fight winning rounds six thru nine but Pacquiao closed the show with a flurry nearly putting him down again in the 10th, proving his style and determination was too much for Thurman.

Pacquiao was fluent with his combinations and angles throwing a total of 686 punches compared to 571 for Thurman.  Although the champion was caught with a few hard shots, he never stopped coming forward and continued to rally after being hit.  Pacquiao’s trademark footwork and conditioning were on full display and he was clearly the better and more polished fighter.

The only controversy in the bout came when ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr said “We have a split decision.”  Moretti and Cheatham’s cards were accurate, each having it 115-112 for Pacquiao but Feldman scoring  it 114-113 for Thurman was shocking.  Luckily, it didn’t affect the outcome.

Pacquiao now improves to 62-7-2 and will await the winner of the upcoming Eroll Spence Jr – Shawn Porter Welterweight title bout taking place on September 28th in Los Angeles.  In the meantime, the senator will go back to work in the Philippines and fight early next year.

Author: TC Martin

“The Doctor” TC Martin is back in Las Vegas where his sports talk radio career began. The TC Martin Show has informed and entertained millions of sports talk radio listeners both nationally and locally since 1992. The program is unique in so many facets. From TC’s high octane personality and diverse knowledge to innovative production elements and quality special guests, the show is truly one of kind. The show focuses on the hot daily sports topics with energetic commentary and live listener interaction with a call-in format. The program is high on information and entertainment while giving listeners the opportunity to hear from the biggest names in the sports and the entertainment industry. Listeners appreciate the wide range of guests, knowledge and topics that TC brings on a daily basis giving listeners a much needed reason to tune in everyday. The TC Martin Show has aired nationally in over 100 markets on the Sports Entertainment Network and Sports Fan Radio Network originating from the Las Vegas studios. In local markets TC worked at KVEG (Las Vegas), KHTK (Sacramento) WDUZ and WNFL (Green Bay) and WSSP (Milwaukee). He worked very closely with all the professional and collegiate teams in those markets including hosting pre and post game shows and players and coaches shows. TC has a unique entertaining and passionate style that immediately connects with listeners. He is known as one of the most entertaining and well-rounded knowledgeable sports talk show hosts in the country. The TC Martin Show is an addictive and fun experience for all sports fans. More about TC... Wrestling and Boxing fans in Las Vegas may remember that TC founded the NWC (National Wrestling Conference) in 1994 and hosted the locally produced television program “NWC Slammin”. The NWC sold out monthly shows at it’s home venues The Silver Nugget and Aladdin Hotel & Casino. The NWC featured the biggest names in professional wrestling including The Ultimate Warrior, Cactus Jack, Sabu, Terry Funk, Rob Van Dam, Jake The Snake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Honky Man and so many more. TC also has been very involved in the boxing industry while announcing many boxing events in Las Vegas and promoting shows and managing world championship fighters.

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