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Manny Pacquiao on Next Fight: I Think I Will Fight Next Year

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao 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.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to leave the sell-out crowd of 14,356 roaring its approval.

Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel.

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Although the bloodied Thurman rallied in the later rounds to narrow Pacquiao's lead, the judges scored it in the Filipino's favour. Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman.

A jubilant Pacquiao punched the air as the arena erupted after the victory was confirmed.

"It was fun," Pacquiao said afterwards. "My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong."

Thurman had riled Pacquiao in the build-up to the fight by vowing to "crucify" his deeply religious opponent, and later promising to send the Filipino icon into retirement.

Pacquiao, who improved to 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts, was gracious in victory.

"I'm not that kind of boxer who talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight," he said.

"He's a good boxer and he's strong. I was just blessed tonight."

Pacquiao, who earned an estimated $20 million from Saturday's fight, is now a major player in the competitive welterweight division once again after capturing Thurman's WBA welterweight 'super' champion belt.

The eight-division world champion said he will now return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding on his next move inside the ring.

"I think I will fight next year," he said. "I will go back to the Philippines and work and then make a decision."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Curtis Harper on 07-26-2019

Pac should take on a really easy fight......Khan will do. For those who didn't see what Pac did to Hatton, it will be what happens to Khan.

Comment by olivetree66 on 07-26-2019

[QUOTE=Feint First;19920024]What an absolutely sublime performance by Manny, the new Alien. Bernard Hopkins would be proud. His best options now are to target the Garcia vs. Garcia winner or Lomo. This version of Manny is definitely capable of outboxing or…

Comment by badass316 on 07-22-2019

A rematch isn't really warranted given the outcome of the fight. I doubt Thurman really wants the rematch after the beating he took. That type of beating will take something out of Thurman. He won't be the same after that.…

Comment by Uglytoobad on 07-22-2019

Damn wicker chair! Lol what???learn to write! Lol

Comment by Uglytoobad on 07-22-2019

****ho! Lol. 'If' 'if' alot of 'if' dont forget the 10th round body shot! 'If ' you're a joke!

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