Manny Pacquiao defeats Keith Thurman by split decision

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman squared off at MGM Grand in Paradise, NV on July 21 (AEST). The encounter headlined FOX pay-per-view card with WBA (Super) welterweight title on the line.

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The defending champion Keith Thurman of the US faced boxing great from the Philippines Manny Pacquiao the scheduled for 12 rounds championship bout. The contest went the distance and ended in split decision.

One judge scored the bout 114-113 for Thurman. The other two judges scored it 115-112 for Paquiao.

As a result Pacquiao became a new WBA (Super) Welterweight champion and updated his record to 63-7-2, 40 KO. Thurman suffered the first defeat in his professional boxing career and dropped to 29-1-0, 22 KO, 1 NC.

Among other bouts featured on the card Yordenis Ugas came out victorious by unanimous decision against Omar Figueroa from their 12-round welterweight encounter. As well, Luis Nery knocked Juan Carlos Payano out in the ninth round of their bantamweight matchup. In addition, Sergey Lipinets stopped Jayar Inson in the second round of their welterweight bout.

Manny Pacquiao def. Keith Thurman by split decision
Yordenis Ugas def. Omar Figueroa by unanimous decision
Luis Nery def. Juan Carlos Payano by KO (R9 at 1:43)
Sergey Lipinets def. Jayar Inson by TKO (R2)

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