40-year-old Manny Pacquiao has defeated Keith “One Time” Thurman by split decision to become the oldest welterweight champion. This loss is WBA Super Champion Thurman’s first loss on his professional boxing record — bringing his record to 29W 1L.
Thurman, 30, attributed Pacquiao’s victory to superior “conditioning” and “output,” and took his loss like a true champ. He councluded his post-fight interview saying “I want to thank the fans. I want to thank everybody for coming out. Manny Pacquiao is a great, truly great champion.”
This is Manny Pacquiao’s 71st fight and 62nd win in his long-standing career. The legendary boxer commented that at 40 years old he still feels like he’s in his mid-20s, still training daily while playing basketball 2-5 hours each day. Pacquiao, who earned an estimated $20 million from Saturday’s fight, is now a major player in the competitive welterweight division once again after capturing Thurman’s WBA welterweight ‘super’ champion belt.
The eight-division world champion said he will be going back to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding on his next move inside the ring.