Ex-lightweight king Mancini confident Pacquiao will win, but still warns of Thurman’s power

first_imgManny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman pose for photos after the final press conference on Wednesday at MGM Grand. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP PromotionsLAS VEGAS—Keith Thurman has fought only once a year since 2016 plus add the fact that he was sidelined for 22 months before he made his ring return in a lackluster performance against Josesito Lopez last January where he settled for a majority decision.And that inactivity could haunt Thurman in his most significant and toughest battle yet against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “Overall, I think Manny is gonna look sharp. He’s still at the top of his game so I think he will come out victorious. I don’t know how but I think it’s gonna be a stoppage somewhere along the way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “This is the second fight of Keith Thurman in two years, this ain’t the guy you wanna come back against. Manny ain’t the guy you wanna fight if you haven’t fought regularly,” Ray Mancini, the former lightweight king in the 1980s, said Thursday.Mancini also didn’t spare Pacquiao from a possible dangerous disposition come fight night where his age could suddenly show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Keith is probably the hardest puncher in the division. I always said every fighter grows old in one night if this is the night—which I don’t see for Manny—but if it is, this is the guy you don’t wanna grow old against,” he said.With all things taken into account, Mancini still has the 40-year-old Pacquiao winning. Despite past feud, Yeng Guiao appreciates Chris Ross’ offer to help Gilas training LATEST STORIES LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer View comments Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Benefits of township living MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptistslast_img