Manny Pacquiao may be turning 41 this December, but he clearly is not quite ready to step down from the ring.
He takes on 30‑year-old Keith Thurman this Saturday in Las Vegas to see who will emerge the Welterweight World Champion, and no doubt many eyes in Cayman will be glued on the screen to watch the fight.
Many local bars are advertising the fact that they will be showing the match, as it is pay-per-view only. Sure, you could watch it at home, but you cannot beat the atmosphere at a bar when a crowd is swept up in the energy of the sport.
The Lodge in the Strand boasts eight TVs over three rooms and is offering buckets of Corona for $16 and food specials until 11pm, while Kazoku Japanese Bistro in Plaza Venezia has buckets of beer starting at $18 and appetiser platters up for grabs.
XQ’s on West Bay Road will be showing the fight on the big screen with a menu of pizzas in case you are hungry. Apparently the Pac-Man always chows down before a boxing match, so why should not you?
Salty’s in Grand Harbour is also getting in on the action with bucket specials on Corona and Michelob Ultra.
With other bars such as Fidel Murphy’s in Queen’s Court Plaza, Legendz in Cayman Falls and Lone Star on West Bay Road also joining in the fray, it is safe to say that boxing fans will have their choice of places to set their stool on Saturday night.
Although Thurman has three inches on the powerhouse from the Philippines and is 10 years younger, no one should underestimate the experience and history of Pacquiao. Thurman is looking for a knockout in the first round, but that could all be wishful thinking.
Catch the action this weekend with pre-fights starting at 8pm.