Aftermath: Pacquiao, Whyte, Price & Chisora
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Callum Rudge, Lee Gormley and James Oddy reflect on the weekend's action involving Manny Pacquiao, Dillian Whyte, David Price and Dereck Chisora...
BM: What was your take on Manny Pacquiao’s win over Keith Thurman? How did you score it?
CR: What a performance by the Pac-Man. I thought Manny Pacquiao won by a score of 116-111, about eight rounds to four. Thurman just couldn’t cope with the Senator’s handspeed and chose to box like a pressure fighter instead of using his feet and greater range to keep Pacquiao at distance. Pacquiao’s use of the right hand was excellent at times and targeted Thurman’s body where he’s been hurt in the past. A fantastic performance.
LG: Pacquiao is a freak. To perform like that at 40 years of age is unreal! I picked him to win by decision but I didn't think he would do it as strongly as he did. I scored it 115-112 and I thought there was a big robbery coming when they announced it was a split decision. Common sense prevailed though and he has another massive win. What a legend!
JO: I had Pacquiao winning eight rounds to four and, to be honest, I was being generous to Thurman because I like him. He never really got going. Pac-Man is a supreme fighting machine, and I think he perhaps gets unjustly overlooked in recent P4P conversations. Outside of the very elite at welter nobody has much of a chance against him. I even think he'd push the very best.
BM: A clear win for Dillian Whyte against Oscar Rivas - can the 'Bodysnatcher' beat the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch winner?
CR: Whyte is a very good boxer, with an excellent jab and underrated fundamentals. He made a top pro in Rivas look a bit basic at times but the leap to the top table is a big one. I would expect Fury and Wilder to beat him comfortably but a rematch with Joshua would be a fascinating match-up, as would a bout with unified champ Ruiz.
LG: It was a decent win for Whyte but he was made to work for it. I think Fury would be far too good for him, there would be a big gulf in class in that one. I'd fancy Wilder to knock him out but in a fun fight and the Joshua rematch would be interesting at some point if the latter beats Ruiz.
JO: Whyte beat Fury? No, I don't think so. I think against Joshua and Wilder it would be a shoot out. Whoever lands big early wins. Ruiz is a different kettle of fish and I wouldn't like to make any predictions.
BM: How impressed were you with David Price's win against Dave Allen? Is his career resurrected?
CR: Price boxed very well but was allowed to box at a pace that suited him. Allen looked like a man who didn’t want to be there from the opening round but showed a great chin and heart before thankfully being pulled out by his trainer. While I’m pleased for Price, I don’t want to see him thrown in at the deep end, he should stick to domestic level
LG: Price boxed very well. He would surely have had to retire if he lost, so there was pressure on him. I'm not sure his career is resurrected as such, because he hasn't been able to do what he did against Allen at the higher level. But it keeps his career going a little longer in order to get another couple of paydays before calling it a day.
JO: Price looked decent, but it was surprising how flat Allen looked. Price will always have a 'Hail Mary' chance with his punching power but against European level and beyond I'd have some doubts. Lovely guy, hell of a puncher, but he's always liable to go.
BM: After knocking out Artur Szpilka, Dereck 'War' Chisora will apparently face Joseph Parker next - who would you fancy in that match-up?
CR: It’s an interesting match-up. I still believe that Chisora is a shot fighter and has been since the second Fury fight but he manages to stay in the mix. I think Chisora vs Parker would be good but Parker might just nick it. Location could be a deciding factor.
LG: Chisora and Parker has become an interesting heavyweight scrap. The two styles should clash well for an entertaining fight but I'd be picking Parker to come out on top over the distance if it happens.
JO: Parker. 'Del Boy' is a favourite of mine, but the Kiwi is an intelligent fighter who can punch and move. I think he'd have a little too much.