Manny Pacquiao produced an all-time great performance to dominate Keith Thurman in style, with Floyd Mayweather watching ringside

Business Insider | 7/21/2019 | Alan Dawson
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Manny Pacquiao, 40, just beat Keith Thurman, 30, in style.

Pacquiao knocked Thurman down in the opening round, confounded the American with his incredible energy, and bloodied his face with unrelenting punching.

Thurman - Moments - Fast - Classic - Pacquiao

Thurman had his moments in what fast developed into a welterweight classic, but Pacquiao had too much class and was deserving of the decision win.

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Manny - Pacquiao - Peers - Boxing

Manny Pacquiao is not normal. He's just not. He's not like you, he's not like me, and he's not like many of his peers in boxing.

People, Pacquiao is a freak. He just is. He's a freak human, a freak athlete, and a freak fighter.

Boxers

Normal boxers shouldn't be doing what he's doing, aged 40.

Pacquiao shouldn't have such good movement, and the combination of intiuition and eye-to-hand-coordination to land absurd punch combinations, zipping in and out of danger having landed his fast shots, often without you knowing.

Round - Saturday - Opponent - Keith - Thurman

But that is exactly what he did in the very first round against Saturday opponent Keith Thurman, a man 10 years his junior, and an undefeated fighter to boot.

Pacquiao even knocked Thurman to the Las Vegas canvas, felling the Floridian fighter when he landed a straight left to the body which he followed up with a plumb hook to the face.

Knockdown

Watch the knockdown right here:

Again, this isn't normal. Thurman, in recent years, was seen as one of the top welterweights, perhaps even the best outside of Floyd Mayweather. But Mayweather, though watching ringside, is retired.

Thurman - Rounds - Pacquiao - Level - Ageless

And Thurman, after just a few rounds against Pacquiao, was clearly a level below the ageless Filipino, who showboated at the end of the second when he did the Muhammad Ali shuffle before going back to his corner.

Thurman may have had some success in the fourth, when he backed Pacquiao up, but Pacquiao fought back, throwing punches as he was...
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