CAN “ONE TIME” PROVE HIMSELF A SECOND TIME?: THURMAN ONCE AGAIN IN A SPOTLIGHT BOUT AFTER BATTLING INJURIES

August 19, 2019

Simon Ruvalcaba
@Mister_Boxing

It’s not everyday that a fighter who fought and defeated Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia back-to-back would need to prove himself. For Keith “One Time” Thurman, that is exactly the case in his second fight back from hand injuries that stalled the momentum gained in 2016 and 2017. Tonight, the 30 year old steps in against the living legend and Filipino national treasure Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

For Thurman, it was a combination of factors that led to the mainstream question marks. He had an opportunity, after the Danny Garcia victory, to step up to face Errol Spence although the elbow injury required surgery. It was a famous social media answer where Thurman stated that he wasn’t ready for Spence that got misunderstood as in Thurman’s mind, he had to be 100 percent before stepping in to face Spence. It also didn’t help that through the injury, Keith remained in the spotlight as he attended many fights and made many bold statements to media and fans. At 29-0 he shouldn’t have to prove himself, but moreso prove that he still has what it takes to be at the elite level of the heavily talented Welterweight division.

In just a few hours from now, we will have answers for both Thurman and Pacquiao who is facing not just Thurman, but father time as well.

PUNCHLINE POLL, PREDICTIONS:

Kelly Pavlik: Pacquiao, Going with Pac, even though it’s up in the air, Pac can show his age anytime.

James Dominguez: Pacquiao by 12 rounds.

Simon Ruvalcaba: Thurman squeaks out a close decision. His youth and speed may take over down the stretch of the Championship rounds.

Amy Green: Pacquaio, unanimous decision.

Damon Martinez: Pacquiao, unanimous decision.

Esteban Al Saghani: Thurman by close decision.


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