Not surprising to most boxing fans is that Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) added another win to his boxing record and now flaunts the super welterweight belt while Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC) took his first professional loss, Saturday night.
Taking his first defeat like a champ, Thurman went on to Twitter to further express his sentiment. “I’ve always said I’m not afraid to let my 0 go, if you can beat me — beat me.
@MannyPacquiao beat me tonight. Hats off to the Senator on a great performance.”
Nearly a quarter into his career, Manny Pacquiao proved once again that he’s not done thrilling fans of the sport and winning world titles. Pacquiao had the majority of the crown on his side, cheering each time he connected and show cased what he can do even 24 years after turning pro. He became the oldest welterweight in boxing history to claim any of the recognized titles.
“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.”
THURMAN NOT GOING NOWHERE
“I will be back at the top of the sport of boxing. And, you know, I mean, you’ve gotta go with the flow. You’ve gotta take the punches as they come. And you get knocked down, you’ve gotta lift yourself back up. That’s what champions do. So, like I said, we’re not going nowhere. We’ll be back. Like I promised you guys, Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman brings the best fights in the welterweight division, man. Fight me, baby. Fight me.”, said Thurman.
As Pacquiao returned back home to the Phillipines where he serves as a Senator, he does plan on being in the ring again soon. As for Thurman, he will probably go back to the drawing board, switch things up and aim at coming back stronger than ever in 2020.