Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao turned back the clock defeating super welterweight champion Keith Thurman via split decision.
Split decision win
Once again, Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) showed no signs of slowing down. Defeating Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) to claim the WBA (Super) welterweight title after 12 rounds of adrenaline-fueled action at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Thurman had never lost a fight in his 12-year professional career. He even had a height and reach advantage over The Pacman
Thurman checked in at 5’7½” with a
69″ reach, while Pacquiao had 5’5½” height and 67″ reach.
Opening round knockdown
Pac-Man proved he’s still going strong at 40,
with an opening-round knockdown. He looked dominating throughout the fight,
with a combination of flair and power reminiscent of his peak form during the
Pacquiao seemed unstoppable, bloodying Thurman’s nose in the 5th. Thurman recovered in the middle of the fight, with a strong showing in the sixth and seventh rounds.
Punishing body shot on Thurman in 10th round
Thurman’s momentum continued until the tenth round when Pacquiao landed a devistating body shot in the 10th round.
In the end, two judges scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao, another gave it 114-113 to Thurman, making Pacquiao the winner by split decision.
Manny Pacquiao now the only octuple champion in boxing history
It’s another notch up for Pacquiao’s legendary resume. He’s the only boxer to win major world titles in eight different weight classes.