Many More Magical Nights For Manny?

by Eliot Stott

Now 71 fights in and over 24 years as a pro, eight weight world champion & pound-4-pound great Manny Pacquaio has endured a successful twilight period of his illustrious career, defeating 3 varied opponents who have all been successful at world level.

As well as coming out on top against 3 high level operators in Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner & Keith Thurman, the Filipino was coming up against younger, fresher men who perhaps on paper should have had the beating of the Boxing veteran.

However, Pacquaio who hasn't shown any signs of slowing down at the age of 40. He beat Broner & Thurman clearly in a lot of people’s eyes, after scoring his first KO for nine years against Argentinian Lucas Matthysse who subsequently retired afterwards.

Despite enjoying a successful 12 months, Pacquaio hasn’t always been victorious throughout the latter stages of his career, but he has refused to retire regardless of victory or defeat as he approaches his 40’s.

A fairly predictable points defeat to the long-awaited bout with Floyd Mayweather Jnr led some to believe that Pacquiao would retire after such a gigantic pay day as well as being soundly beaten by a fellow legend of the sport.

However, Pacquiao fought on, beating Tim Bradley for a second time before dismissing another younger opponent in Jessie Vargas over 12 rounds later on in 2016.

Despite two fairly straightforward victories over difficult opponents, Pacquaio succumbed in the seventh loss of his career in Brisbane Australia against little known Aussie fighter Jeff Horn. In what was a controversial points decision in which many felt that the Philippine should have been on the right side of, many were also calling PacMan to call it a day.

Regardless of the opinions of long-standing fans, Pacquiao was to fight again just over a year later against Matthysse and hasn’t tasted defeat since.

In an elite class weight division and with Pacquaio’s fights surely numbered as we approach his 41st birthday, a variety of rumours are starting to surface for Manny’s 72nd professional fight.

Whether a typical option of a Keith Thurman rematch or a fight against another top 10 welterweight, we’re going to explore all potential roads that the Philippine could go as he enjoys the most successful period he’s had in the sport for nearly a decade.

Keith Thurman Rematch?

Possibly the most likely opponent for Pacquiao’s next fight, ‘One Time’ endured his first career defeat last month and has stated that he’d take the rematch in his next fight.

In what was awarded as a split decision, on paper a rematch may be seen as an attractive option to many but in reality, many want to see Pacquiao face off against the best that weight division has to offer – a band that Thurman is no longer a member of.

However, in what would be another generous pay-day for Pacquiao, a rematch against the US fighter may end up happening if a more substantial offer isn’t made.

Floyd Mayweather Jr Rematch

Rumoured ever since their long awaited fight in May 2015, Pacquaio has called out Mayweather a number of times in the last 4 years whilst Mayweather has teased a return to competitive Boxing.

The pair came face to face last September with Mayweather goading Pacquaio form the off in a video that received almost 5 million views on Instagram.