Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Senator Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) dropped Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) in round one and won a close split decision to earn a welterweight world title in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The sell-out crowd of 14,356 got treated to great action from the start, as an exciting first round was capped off by Pacquiao dropping Thurman for the first time in his career with a straight right hand late in the round.
In round 10, Pacquiao’s landed a strong left hook to the body that clearly hurt Thurman and forced him to spend much of the remainder of the round backpedaling.
The CompuBox scores were indicative of the close nature of the fight, with Thurman out landing Pacquiao 210 to 195, while Pacquiao was busier throwing 686 punches to 571 from Thurman.
“I’m not the kind off boxer to be a talker, just promoting the fight,” Pacquiao said.
“I think we did a lot off things [to promote the fight]. He did his best, and I did my best to make the people happy.”
“I really loved the fans. Thank you so much for coming here and witnessing the fight,” Pacquiao said.
“I’m sure you were happy tonight because you see a good fight. Even though Thurman lost, he did his best. He’s not an easy opponent. He’s a good boxer, strong. I think I’m just blessed tonight.”
Culled from Boxingscene and CBS