Manny Pacquiao thumped down Keith Thurman in the first round and persevered for an exciting split-decision victory Saturday night at the MGM Grand
Manny Pacquiao thumped down Keith Thurman in the first round and persevered for an exciting split-decision victory Saturday night, including a third straight-from-the-shoulder winning to his vocation resurgence after turning 40 years old.
Pacquiao( 62 -7- 2) stopped his previously unbeaten antagonist with a combination late in the first round, and the Pac-Man dominated the initiation of the rounds with a combination of flair and strength that recalled the incredible prime of the only eight-division champion in boxing history.
Thurman( 29 -1) showed singular obstinacy in muster through the midriff rounds, frequently measuring Pacquiao’s chin with big shots. Neither fighter finagled another knockdown, but they pushed relentlessly in front of a sellout mob at the MGM Grand Garden that repeatedly recited the Filipino senator’s name from the moment he reached the ring.
” It was fun ,” Pacquiao said.” My opponent is a good soldier and boxer. He was strong . … I think he did his best, and I did my best good. I think we reached the supporters happy tonight because it was a good defend .”
Two adjudicates valued the bout 115 -1 12 for Pacquiao, while Glenn Feldman tallied it 114 -1 13 for Thurman. The Guardian also scored it 115 -1 12 for Pacquiao.
Pacquiao appeared to be wane as recently as two years ago, when he lost a listless decision to Jeff Horn. But while his political career flourished, Pacquiao returned to the ring a year ago and put together solid back-to-back victories over Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner.
Thurman represented another major step up in competition to rejoin the welterweight nobility- and Pacquiao bolted out of the gate to show he was worthy of this matchup between two fighters who owned different versions of the WBA welterweight title.
Both soldiers started rapidly with a series of good-looking exchanges, but Pacquiao altered the bout in an instant. He moved forward to acre a left to the body and a right hook that transport Thurman to the canvas with 25 seconds left in the first round.
Thurman went up comfortably while the joyful bunch hooted, but Pacquiao kept up his superior work for the next two rounds, repeatedly rocking Thurman with a range of shoots. Even when Thurman put together a solid fifth round, he was stunned several times in the final instant and left with blood on his face.
But Thurman collected himself and soundly trounced Pacquiao through the centre rounds, forcing Pacquiao to show off his sturdy chin. Pacquiao made the momentum in the 10 th with a series of big shots, including a swipe to the body that ship Thurman stumbling apart in self-evident pain.
Both soldiers pushed to the final buzzer and embraced.
” I knew it was close ,” Thurman said.” He had the momentum because he got the knockdown in round one . … I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. My conditioning, my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao’s tonight. Tonight was a blessing and a task .”
Thurman called for a rematch, and the crowd vocally approved.
Nearly 25 years after a 16 -year-old Pacquiao stepped onto the scales for his pro entry with rock-and-rolls in his pockets time to oblige the 105 lbs minimum force, the 40 -year-old politician presented he could have several years left in his day job.
Thurman had been eager to retire Pacquiao, but he couldn’t hurt the ageless wonder.
Thurman has contained a version of the WBA 147 lbs designation for six years old, but he had fought just once since March 2017, where reference is shaped Danny Garcia to earn two welterweight loops. He sat out the next 22 months with traumata, and he inspected rusty and tentative at times in his resurgence win over Josesito Lopez last January.
But Thurman adopted his guaranteed $2.5 m payday and the chance to take on Pacquiao, and he pumped up the advertising with a series of bold announcements about Pacquiao’s senility, ability and motivation. He even managed to irk the normally placid Pacquiao, who acknowledged that even his mother hadn’t liked Thurman’s litter talk.
Before the stint, Floyd Mayweather got into the ring to please both fighters good luck. The retired superstar watched intently from the crowd in the same arena where he pulsated an disabled Pacquiao four years ago. Pacquiao’s tutor, Freddie Roach, has said he hopes Mayweather will come out of retirement for a rematch with Pacquiao.
On the undercard, Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas smashed previously unbeaten Omar Figueroa Jr for a decision victory featuring three indistinguishable 119 -1 07 scorecards. Caleb Plant too represented his IBF super middleweight designation with a reigning third-round stop of previously unbeaten Mike Lee.