Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao brings another victory for the Philippines after he defeated Keith “One Time” Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship via split decision. Pacquaio won the WBA title yesterday, July 20, 2019, at MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada.
Two judges scored 115 – 112 in favor of Manny and the other judge, Glenn Feldman, scored 114-113 in favor of Thurman. The controversial split decision brings different reactions from the viewers saying that Feldman must not judge another professional match again.
Manny gives Thurman his first defeat
Manny gives Keith Thurman his first defeat after their match at MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada. Thurman was previously undefeated with 29 recorded wins.
Thurman said that Manny is truly a champion. He also said that his experience in the ring is far behind Manny and wished to get the fight between them more toe to toe. Thurman stated that he would love to have a rematch with the Filipino Champ.
“I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. My conditioning, my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao. It was a great night of boxing. I’d love a rematch.” Thurman said.
The Round 1 knockdown
The knockdown on the first round leads to uproar to the viewers of Pacquiao – Thurman fight. Even Keith Thurman said that the knockdown affected his performance in the match.
The knockdown on the first round also affected the scores of the judges. Pacquiao received solid straights and jabs but, Thurman needs one knockdown to settle their scores.
“It was fun,” Pacquiao said. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong. … I think he did his best, and I did my best. I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight.”
Age is just a number
Pacquaio amazes people how the 40 years old Senator can still fight Thurman who is younger and taller than him. Manny proves that age is just a number.
“Age is just a number. What matters is how you prepare and that you’re working hard,” Pacquiao said. “This is a challenge because it is my first fight as a 40-year-old. I have something to prove to everyone about what that means.”
Manny’s victory is for the Philippines
Pacquaio always says that his victory is our country’s victory. He said that he is fighting not just for himself but to all Filipinos around the globe.
Again, Manny proves that his win against Thurman is yet another victory for the Philippines.
“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. 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,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
“We thank Senator Manny for not only bringing honor and glory to our flag, but for once again uniting all Filipinos worldwide with his display of athleticism, power and Filipino pride. Mabuhay ka, Manny! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!”