By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Manny Pacquiao is a champion once again. He defeated Keith Thurman on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao won the World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight title with the win. The 40-year-old took it to the younger fighter, who was fighting all over the place.
With the win, he is now the WBA Super Welterweight title holder. And the WBA Regular Welterweight title holder.
“It was fun,” said Pacquiao. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong. I’m not that kind of boxer who talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight. I think he did his best, and I did my best. I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight.”
With the win, Pacquiao improved to 62-7-2 in his boxing career. The General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines native won via a split decision.
It was his first split decision win since he defeated Juan Manuel Márquez on March 15, 2008 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise, Nevada. When he defeated Márquez, he won the WBC, the vacant The Ring and lineal super featherweight titles.
With the win, Pacman has won his last three fights since losing to Jeff Horn via a unanimous decision on July 2nd, 2017 in Australia.
Thurman suffered his first loss in his career. He fell to 29-1-0 in his boxing career for the Clearwater, Florida native.
“I knew it was too close,” said Thurman. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.
“I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. My conditioning and my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao’s. I would love the rematch.”
While Pacquiao has had three fights in the past year, Thurman had two fights. He defeated José “Josesito” López in January, but before that, didn’t fight since March 2017.
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