70 fights and 474 total rounds, over a 24-year span.
But even at 40 years old, the “Pacman” Manny Pacquiao remains one of the top boxers in the world.
When the WBA champion steps into the ring on July 20th against Keith Thurman, it will mark his third world title fight in a span of 12 months.
Each fight represents at least about two month’s worth of rigorous training camps along with the bumps, bruises, and occasional cramps.
His worst injury was a shoulder injury originally suffered while jet skiing but was re-aggravated while training for the mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather.
He has suffered three knockout losses but has bounced back after each one.
And despite warnings from former promoter Bob Arum about future brain damage, the Pacman has shrugged it off.
Prior to this 3 fights in one year stretch the Pacman took his longest break — a one-year layover after his loss to Australian Jeff Horn.
Despite the heavy mileage the Pacman has managed to stay in elite fighting shape.
Long time strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune believes recent changes in his habits, have helped the Pacman ward off father time.
“He knocks out this guy, he’ll do a fourth in December then he becomes fighter of the year again. He’s good, he’s doing proper now, he’s training himself right, he’s slowing down when he needs to he’s been coming in split up, and we’ve been fighting a lot smarter, and training a lot smarter than before.”
Across the ring, the 30-year-old Keith Thurman has been less active, with a history of 29 action-packed fights.
Hand and elbow injuries forced Thurman to sit out for nearly two years before he fought last January.
Prior to that, a car accident resulted in a neck injury, but the boxer nickanamed “One Time” insists that he’s finally at 100 percent health and is ready to continue his rising career.
A lingering question is expected to be answered on fight night…between which one is a more dangerous opponent? A battle-tested champ on a hot streak — or a well-rested hungry young champion.