Manny Pacquiao defeats Keith Thurman via split decision: Round-by-round analysis

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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.”

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USA TODAY Sports’ Josh Peter provided his round-by-round analysis throughout the championship fight: 

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