NBA players react to Manny Pacquiao’s win vs. Keith Thurman
Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao put on a show in MGM Grand in Las Vegas, beating American opponent Keith Thurman in a classic tale of two halves that eventually ended in a split decision.
The whole sports world watched as the two renowned fighters battle it out in a thrilling affair. Sure enough, the NBA is no different, with plenty of its stars glued on their televisions to see Pacman try to continue his legacy and the 30-year-old Thurman attempt to make a new history.
After the fight, current and former NBA players took it to social media to show their reaction to the epic fight. As expected, Filipino-American and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson led the celebration.
— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) July 21, 2019
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 21, 2019
Gotta love @MannyPacquiao
— Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) July 21, 2019
Wow. PAC Man did it again. Lol.
— nick vanexel (@vanexel31) July 21, 2019
Thurman better not even think about fighting Earl Spence! PAC-MAN still got the juice I see!!!!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 21, 2019
Other media personalities also shared their thoughts on the fight, with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless heaping praises on the 40-year-old former eight-division World Champion.
Should not have even been a split decision. @MannyPacquiao outclassed him most of the fight, period. Wasn’t even close. At least the final decision was the right now. But if Pacman knows what’s good for him, he’ll stay away from @terencecrawford and @ErrolSpenceJr. I know THAT!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2019
Manny Pacquiao has gotten serious about holding off Father Time. What amazing shape he has gotten himself in. Looked as quick as ever, especially with his right. Guts&guile. Not done yet.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) July 21, 2019
Thrilled for Manny. A true Champion and one of the great athletes in all of Sports! https://t.co/R2OIa4fRJC
— Ralph Lawler (@Ohmeomy) July 21, 2019
Pacquiao dominated the majority of the early proceedings, even knocking down Thurman in the opening round. However, the tides turned after Round 5, with the Filipino boxer seemingly exasperated.
Thurman smelled blood in the second half of the fight and attacked relentlessly. Pacquaio managed to hold on though and played it safe in the closing stages, knowing that he is ahead in the scorecards after his brilliant early run.
Glenn Feldman scored the bout 114-113 in favor of Keith Thurman, while Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatham both gave Manny Pacquiao 115-112 to give him the victory.
Pacquaio now moves to a 63-7-2 win-draw-loss record. Thurman, on the other hand, picks up only his second defeat (22-2-0).