Despite his age Philippine boxing champ still reigns at MGM Las Vegas against Thurman

Despite being told by some of his boxing fans to retire, the fighting Senator continues to prove that age is only a number. Manny Pacquaio wins the WBA World Welterweight at age 40 and 1/2 at the sold-out crowd at MGM Grand Arena. A big win for the Philippine boxer and a big first-time loss to “One Time” Keith Thurman from Clearwater Florida who was undefeated until tonight.

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Manny Pacquaio & Keith Thurman pre-fight press conference in New York City (Photo by: GDano).

When “PLH” was asked about his age at a pre-fight press conference, “My feeling right now is happiness and excitement to prove that at the age of 40, I can still show my best”.

Freddie Roach trains Manny Pacquaio at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. (R.Hafey/Premier Boxing)

The eight-division champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman went face-to-face in a very close match up under the MGM Grand Arena lights in Las Vegas. Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) was close to shutting out Manny P. The world watched as the judges threw down a unanimous split decision in favor of the Philippine fighter. According to Compubox, Keith Thurman out-landed Pacquiao in a tight margin of 210 to 195.

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Disproving Thurman’s pre-fight goal of taking the earlier rounds as he said, “…to bet on myself to win in the opening rounds, it makes me do what I said earlier, which is swing, swing, swing“. After Pac-Man’s unstoppable first round KO the Sin City crowd cheered and favorited him on til the very end. The twelve round split decision favored Manny Pacquaio for the win over Keith Thurman.

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Pacquaio told the Associated Press, “it was fun”. Manny Pacquaio continued on to say “I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight.” After the split decision Thurman called for a “rematch” and the crowd cheered its approval. Both fighters agreed it was a close fight.