Senator Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) won against Keith Thurman (29-1-0, 22 KOs) in a split decision on the Welterweight Supremacy fight last Saturday, July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Winning the guaranteed purse of $10 million, the eight-division world champion also took Thurman’s WBA (Super) welterweight title. At the age of 40, Pacquiao also became the oldest Welterweight Champion in WBA history.
While one judge scored 114-113 in favor of Thurman, the other two favored Pacquiao with 115-112 scores. Pacquiao knocked down Thurman late in the first round and dominated majority of the 12 rounds.
In a post-interview, Thurman recounted that Pacquiao “had a lot of momentum from the knockdown.” Also, there were “some adjustments that I didn’t make, that I could have made. Obviously, he caught me with my hands down in the first round.
“I was aware of Manny Pacquiao’s springiness, I was aware that I should have done my head movements but being aware and doing what you need to do are two different things in the ring,” Thurman added.
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—(Cover image: Forbes)