By Miguel Maravilla
Following his victory Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, eight-division and newly crowned WBA welterweight world champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) talked about his split decision victory over Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) of Clearwater, Florida at the post-fight press conference.
“I’m sure everyone is happy with my performance. My opponent, he is young and a heavy-handed man. He can fight. His journey does not end tonight. He has a great future. Your journey is not over. This guy is a warrior. I’m blessed for being a winner tonight.”
Pacquiao dropped Thurman in the opening round and seemingly busted Thurman’s nose in the fifth round. Late in the fight in the tenth, Pacquiao staggered Thurman with a body shot. Going the distance the judges scored the bout 114-113 for Thurman, 115-112 for Pacquiao, and 115-112 for Pacquiao.
“I think I can compare this to the Margarito, De La Hoya, Morales fights. I mean, you saw tonight what we did in the ring. You saw my opponent. He’s very tough and heavy-handed. Keith is like Margarito.”
Pacquiao concluded the post-fight making it clear that at age 40 he is not through and looks to return.
“I can still fight and give a good fight. The ability that I have, God gave me this ability. I’m here to inspire the fans.”
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