Pacquiao downs Thurman to win WBA crown

Updated: Jul 22, 2019, 09:28 IST | AFP

Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance before a sell-out MGM Grand Garden Arena

Pacquiao downs Thurman to win WBA crown
Philippines's Manny Pacquiao (right) punches USA's Keith Thurman during their WBA welterweight bout in Las Vegas on Saturday. Pic /AFP

Las Vegas: Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, 40, rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history with a thrilling split decision victory over WBA champion Keith Thurman on Saturday.

Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance before a sell-out MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd of 14,356. Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel.

Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman. "It was fun," Pacquiao said. "My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong."

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