The big takeaway from Manny Pacquiao’s split-decision victory over Keith Thurman, according to our expert analysts, was this: Pacquiao is still madly in love with the sport, and Thurman probably isn’t.
Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti offer a deep dive into the intricacies of Pacquiao vs. Thurman — why Pacquiao was able to prevail, the impact of the result, what happens next, plus much more, including WTF was Amir Khan talking about (again) when he claimed to havea signed contract to fight Pacquiao on Nov. 8 — a deal Team Pacquiao claims to know absolutely nothing about.
We also talk about the palace intrigue on Planet Canelo, where trouble might be brewing — or even boiling — between the fighter, the promoter, and the megabucks streaming service that pays all of the bills.
And we delve once again into boxing’s dark side, where 28-year-old Maxim Dadashev is fighting for his life after a TKO loss to Subiel Matias — a fight trainer Buddy McGirt wanted to fight a round before he ultimately stepped in. Dadashev was rushed to a hospital, where he endured a 2-hour surgery that removed part of his skull to stop bleeding and relieve swelling on his brain.
And, finally, we treat you to an hour-long interview with 1970s legend Armando Muniz, an uncrowned champion who fought Emile Griffith, Hedgemon Lewis, Jose Napoles, Carlos Palomino, and Sugar Ray Leonard during a memorable 8-year, 59-fight career.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.