Manny Pacquiao said he had “fun” as he turned into the most seasoned welterweight champion in history by beating WBA Super hero Keith Thurman in a split choice in Las Vegas.
Thurman – already undefeated – had guaranteed to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, however was thumped down in the first round before an exciting battle took care of business.
“I realized it was excessively close,” said American Thurman. “He got the knockdown so he had energy in cycle one. This was an excellent night of boxing.”
The 30-year-old had been searching for his 30th straight success.
Two judges scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao, while the other gave it 114-113 to Thurman.
Pacquiao – a title holder at eight loads – was battling for the 71st time in an excellent profession that has seen seven thrashings, however with four of those misfortunes coming in his previous 11 battles before the gathering with Thurman.
Thereafter, Pacquiao said he felt “honored” and he will come back to the Philippines to continue his work as a representative before choosing his best course of action.
“I figure I will battle one year from now,” he included.
Thurman had a tallness, achieve, weight and age advantage over Pacquiao, however was pursuing the battle from the earliest starting point and began to seep from his nose in the fifth round.
He recouped amidst the challenge, yet Pacquiao raged back to take the last couple of rounds.