Pacquiao proves chin could withstand Thurman's shots, says analyst


Posted at Jul 21 2019 06:56 PM

Keith Thurman throws a punch to the body against Manny Pacquiao in the first round. John Locher, AP

Yes, Juan Manuel Marquez may have put him to sleep years ago. But this doesn't mean Manny Pacquiao has a glass chin.

He proved it against a hard-hitting Keith Thurman on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Sunday, Manila time).

Thurman, nicknamed as "One Time" due to his one-punch knock out power, could not put Pacquiao away.

"You can say whatever you wanted but there were spots tonight, where that southpaw killer, the right hand of Thurman, the younger, bigger Thurman landing right on the chin, right on the potato. And you know what? Pacquiao had a young chin," said ESPN's color commentator and boxing coach Teddy Atlas.

This makes Pacquiao a one-in-a million fighter, as he continued to defy his age by fighting the young lions of the welterweight division at 40 years old.
"Manny's special. He's a special guy. They taught me wrong in school, I remember they used to tell in school that Ponce de Leon was looking for the fountain or youth. It was Manny Pacquiao!" said Atlas.

With the victory the Filipino took away Thurman's WBA "super" welterweight belt, making Pacquiao the oldest welterweight ever to win a major title.

But Atlas also cited that Thurman's years away from boxing also aided in Pacquiao's split decision victory.

The erstwhile unbeaten American was forced away from the ring for nearly 2 years after sustaining a couple of injuries in training.

Aside from undergoing surgery for his elbow he also had to take an extended lay off due to a deep bruise in his left hand.

"Is it worse to be old or inactive? Manny's 40 year's old but Thurman's off for 2 years without a fight and only had 1 fight back. Inactivity can make you look old," said Atlas.

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