Pacquiao beats Thurman for welterweight crown

Carla Harmon
July 21, 2019

Pacquiao won the WBO welterweight championship.

The excitement also lit up the online world with fans in the social media-obsessed nation using the hashtag #StillA40rce.

Pacquiao and Mayweather met back in 2015 in what turned out to be one of the biggest money fights of all time in combat sports. Pacquiao badly hurt Thurman with a straight left to the body and had "One Time" on his bicycle.

Despite that early setback, Thurman recovered well and began to box his way back into the contest in the middle rounds using his slick footwork and swift hand speed.

But at the end of the ninth Pacquiao landed a ripping blow to the body that rocked the champ, although the round still belonged to Thurman as the war of attrition continued.

"His name is Kawhi Leonard", Dennis told Bayless at the fight, referring to Bayless' propensity for calling the two-time Finals MVP "No. 2".

Thurman, 30, a native of Florida, had come into the match undefeated. The pro-Pacquiao Vegas crowd vocally approved. He cracked Thurman with heavy punches and stood toe-to-toe with him to close out the exciting fight.

Pacquiao, who reversed a 2016 decision to retire, repeatedly says boxing is his passion and he still feels young.

Thurman has held a version of the WBA 147-pound title for six years, but he had fought just once since March 2017, when he edged Danny Garcia to earn two welterweight belts.

Although Thurman improved, Pacquiao was able to control the tempo and had Thurman in trouble again in the fifth round with blood pouring from his nose. Thurman even managed to irk the normally placid Pacquiao, who acknowledged that even his mother hadn't liked Thurman's trash talk. The retired superstar watched intently from the crowd in the same arena where he beat an injured Pacquiao four years ago. "Thank you everybody, and thank you Manny Pacquiao".

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