'AJ' fought a smart, tactical fight on Saturday night to bring his trio of titles back home
Manny Pacquiao added another impressive notch to his belt by beating the previously undefeated Keith Thurman on Saturday night. While the verdict was a split decision after 12 rounds, the 40-year-old "Pacman" was the clear winner. He sent Thurman to the canvas in the first round, controlled the first half of the fight, and then, with Thurman sneaking back into the bout, he hurt Thurman with a shot to the body in the 10th. Then he did enough in the late stages to hold off Thurman's rally. So what did we learn from Saturday night?
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman will collide for the WBA world welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday with questions hanging over both of them. Let's break down the fight.
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After the wild, crazy, profane and totally over-the-top four-city media tour that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor embarked on last month to promote their megafight -- in which they berated, insulted and cursed at each other stop after stop, whipping huge crowds into a frenzy -- the final prefight news conference at the MGM Grand was for media only and as low-key as it gets.
Gene LeBell still shakes his head when he hears how the most infamous cross-sport fight in combat sports history — at least until Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor go at it Aug. 26 — was supposedly fixed. “I remember looking at (Muhammad) Ali’s legs,” martial arts icon LeBell, who refereed the fight and is now 84, told USA TODAY Sports via telephone Monday. “There were marks and hematomas all over them. Ali ended up in the hospital.”
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