Manny Pacquiao might be aging — he’s nearly 40 — but he showed the world that he’s a thoroughbred who’s not quite ready for the glue factory with a dominating performance against a twilight-time Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia.
Our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, offer their assessment of how much Pacquiao has left, and which opponents might be part of his farewell to the sport. They also shine a spotlight on two of boxing’s brightest lights, up-and-coming 135-pounder Teofimo Lopez (just 20 years old) and No. 1-ranked 140-pounder Regis “The Rougarou” Prograis, who figure to illuminate the sport for years to come. And they break down two intriguing match-ups that were just announced, David Benavidez vs. Anthony Dirrell, and Billy Joe Saunders vs. “Boo Boo” Andrade.
All of that precedes an in-depth conversation with World Boxing Hall of Famer Yaqui Lopez, regarded by many as the greatest light heavyweight who never won a world title.
Lopez fought in a star-studded era that included Michael Spinks, Mike Quarry, Matthew Saad Muhammad, John Conteh, Victor Galindez, Mike Rossman, James Scott (whom he battled inside Rahway State Prison) and others.
We also get an update from our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, who has the latest news from the scintillating boxing scene in the United Kingdom.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-autho r (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.
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