Pacquiao’s last outing, however, was perhaps one of the most impressive of his career, as he floored the previously undefeated Keith Thurman on route to a points victory.
Demonstrating all of his signature speed, Pacquiao worked a punchbag during training, displaying some magnificent footwork, whilst unleashing several impressive combinations.
The intensity shown in the clip is far from that of a man who might be preparing to call time on his professional career, despite his age.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) had faced calls to retire as far back as 2015, following a lacklustre performance in his long-awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather. “Pac Man” was handily outpointed that night, but cited an injured right shoulder as the reason behind his poor performance.
Since the Mayweather loss, though, Pacquiao has gone 5-1 in his career, with his sole setback in that period coming via a controversial points defeat to Australian Jeff Horn.
Aside from the Horn reverse, Pacquiao has enjoyed plenty of success in recent years. Each of his five post-Mayweather victories have come over former world champions – with the likes of Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas and Adrien Broner all falling to defeat against the Filipino icon.
Pacquiao’s last outing, however, was perhaps one of the most impressive of his career, as he floored the previously undefeated Keith Thurman on route to a points victory. By virtue of that July 2019 win, Pacquiao became the WBA (Super) welterweight champion – a title that he still holds today.
When quizzed about the secret to his longevity during the video, Pacquiao suggested that his training regimen has always been a key factor.
“For me, if I’m thinking about boxing, it’s about how you prepare for the fight,” Pacquiao stated. “I don’t consider myself as the best boxer – or (to have) the best style in boxing. But I work hard. I punish myself during training. If my fight is 12 rounds – ask my coaches – I do every day 20 or 30 rounds. Before when I was young, 36 rounds every day – and the fight is only 12 rounds, so it’s easy.”
Pacquiao was then asked why he felt it was that he was able to continue fighting at an elite level when many other fighters begin to fade at a similar age.
Pacquiao would not be drawn into speculating about others but insisted that he listens carefully to his own body.
“It’s hard to compare myself to anybody. I don’t know what they are feeling…For me, if I feel something in my body, then I will not continue fighting.”
From the evidence on display, it seems that Pacquiao still has plenty of appetite to extend his 71-fight career. With potential bouts against names such as Errol Spence, Terence Crawford and Amir Khan all rumoured for whenever boxing is able to resume, fans might just have a few more legendary Pacquiao fight nights to look forward to.