Manny Pacquiao handed Keith Thurman his first loss Saturday night in a WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) took the fight in a split decision with scores of 115-112 on two of the judges’ scorecards. One judge had Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) at 114-113.
“He’s not an easy opponent. He’s a good fighter. He’s a good boxer. Strong,” the 40-year-old Pacquiao said of Thurman.
“He did his best and I did my best, so the people will be happy.”
The 30-year-old Thurman, who had called the bout a “legacy fight” in the lead-up, appears more than willing to rematch the boxing legend.
“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,” Thurman said.
“My conditioning, my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao. It was a great night of boxing. I would love the rematch. It is what it is, baby.”
USA TODAY Sports’ Josh Peter provided his round-by-round analysis throughout the championship fight:
Round 1: Chants of Manny, Manny. But nothing happening early. Manny threw a…