Manny Pacquiao, 40, earns split decision over Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao, 40, earns split decision over Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao, 40, earns split decision over Keith Thurman

At 40-years-old, Pacquiao has handed the 30-year-old Thurman the first defeat of his professional boxing career.

Two judges scored it 115-112 in favour of Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 in favour of Thurman. "As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage", Panelo said in a statement.

Thurman started to bleed from his nose in the fifth round and looked beaten but he recovered in the middle of the fight before Pacquiao stormed back to take the last few rounds.

Pacquiao dropped Thurman in the first with a hard right hook, and had him in trouble later in the the 10th with a blistering shot to the solar plexus that left Thurman reeling around the ring.

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After graciously congratulating Pacquiao, Thurman called for a rematch. The pro-Pacquiao Vegas crowd vocally approved.

Thurman had been eager to retire Pacquiao, but he even couldn't hurt the ageless wonder. He was fast and powerful and Thurman admitted he couldn't keep up with his opponent, who was 10 years his elder.

It was a brilliant and fast-paced fight, and should be in consideration for Fight of the Year. He also pumped up the promotion with a series of bold statements about Pacquiao's age, ability and motivation.

On the undercard, Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas battered previously unbeaten Omar Figueroa Jr. for a decision victory featuring three identical 119-107 scorecards.

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