Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman, billed as Welterweight Supremacy, was a boxing match for the WBA (Super) welterweight championship.[2] The event took place on July 20, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the fight by split decision and, at 40 years old, became the oldest welterweight to win a major world title in boxing history.[3] The bout sold 500,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys in the United States,[4] earning an estimated $37.5 million in pay-per-view revenue.

Welterweight Supremacy
Pacquiao vs. Thurman.jpg
DateJuly 20, 2019
VenueMGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Title(s) on the lineWBA (Super) welterweight title
Tale of the tape
Boxer Philippines Manny Pacquiao United States Keith Thurman
Nickname "Pac-Man" "One Time"
Hometown General Santos, Philippines Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
Pre-fight record 61–7–2–0 (39 KO) 29–0–0–1 (22 KO)
Height 5 ft 6 in 5 ft 7+1/2 in
Weight 146+1/2 lbs. 146+1/2 lbs.
Recognition WBA (Regular) welterweight champion.
Eight-division world champion.
WBA (Super) welterweight champion.
Former WBC welterweight champion.
Result
Pacquiao wins via 12-round split decision[1]

BackgroundEdit

After Thurman's fight with Josesito López, he publicly said he wanted to fight Pacquiao next.[5] It was initially thought that Errol Spence Jr. would be next on Pacquiao's list when he came up the ring after Spence easily disposed of Mikey Garcia. It had also been rumored that Pacquiao would be facing Thurman next and Spence would instead have a unification bout with Shawn Porter.[6] On May 11, 2019 it was announced that Pacquiao–Thurman would happen on July 20, 2019 and a few days after, MGM Grand Garden Arena announced that they would be hosting the fight.[7] Betting odds started in favor of Thurman but slowly went Pacquiao's way as the fight drew closer.[8] Throughout the promotion, Thurman had nice things to say about Pacquiao being a legend as a sign of respect and would follow it up with how he planned on finishing Pacquiao's career.[9]

Fight detailsEdit

Pacquiao won the WBA (Super) welterweight title against Thurman via split decision and became the oldest welterweight to win a major title in boxing history.[3] Late in the first round, Pacquiao caught Thurman with a right hand and knocked him down, as Thurman was moving backwards after a Pacquiao combination of body and head punches. Rounds one through five were vintage for Pacquiao as he bloodied Thurman's nose and forced him into a very intense fight. Thurman looked to have regained his composure in the middle rounds, adjusted to Pacquiao's offense in the second half of the fight and was able to catch him with some hard shots. Pacquiao though, would catch Thurman again in the tenth round, this time with a vicious left hook to the body that had Thurman moving around the ring, trying to survive the round. Thurman was visibly hurt and later admitted, "The body shot was a terrific body shot. I even took my mouthpiece out of my mouth just so I could breath a little deeper". Two judges ruled in favor of Pacquiao with a score of 115–112 and one in favor of Thurman with a score of 114–113. Many people, including Pacquiao himself, felt that the first-round knockdown and the tenth-round body shot rightfully secured him the win.[10][11][12]

According to CompuBox, Thurman was the more accurate boxer and outlanded Pacquiao. Pacquiao only landed 113 out of 340 of his power punches (33%) against Thurman's 192 out of 443 power punches (43%). Pacquiao was the busier fighter and had a difference of more than 100 punches compared to Thurman. Total punch stats were 195 out of 686 (28%) for Pacquiao and 210 out of 571 (37%) for Thurman.[13]

With the victory, Pacquiao also became the first boxer to become a recognized four-time welterweight champion, breaking his tie with Jack Britton and Emile Griffith.

Official scorecardsEdit

 
Pacquiao gets his gloves inspected by an official.
Judge Fighter  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 Total[14]
Dave Moretti Pacquiao 10 10 9 10 10 9 9 10 9 10 9 10 115
Thurman 8 9 10 9 9 10 10 9 10 9 10 9 112
Glen Feldman Pacquiao 10 10 9 10 10 9 9 9 9 10 9 9 113
Thurman 8 9 10 9 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 114
Tim Cheatham Pacquiao 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 10 9 10 115
Thurman 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 112

Fight cardEdit

 
Thurman warming up with his trainer Dan Birmingham.
 
Pacquiao warming up with trainer Freddie Roach.
Weight Class Weight vs. Method Round Time Note
Main card (Fox PPV)
Welterweight 147 lbs.   Manny Pacquiao def.   Keith Thurman (c) SD 12/12 Note 1
Welterweight 147 lbs.   Yordenis Ugás def.   Omar Figueroa Jr. UD 12/12
Welterweight 147 lbs.   Sergey Lipinets def.   Jayar Inson TKO 2/10 0:57
Bantamweight 118 lbs.   Luis Nery def.   Juan Carlos Payano KO 9/12 1:43
Undercard (Fox)
Super middleweight 168 lbs.   Caleb Plant (c) def.   Mike Lee TKO 3/12 1:29 Note 2
Heavyweight 200+ lbs.   Efe Ajagba def.   Ali Eren Demirezen UD 10/10

^Note 1 For WBA (Super) welterweight title
^Note 2 For IBF super middleweight title

BroadcastingEdit

 
Pacquiao celebrating in the ring after his victory over Thurman.
 
MGM Grand Garden Arena during the main event.

The fight was televised on PPV's Fox in the United States and both Sky Sports and Cignal in the Philippines. ABS-CBN also had exclusive rights to broadcast the fight on Philippine free-to-air.[15]

Country Broadcaster
Free-to-air Cable/pay television PPV Stream
  Australia N/A Main Event N/A
  Caribbean[16] N/A Fox Premium Fox Play
  France N/A RMC Sport N/A RMC Sport
  Indonesia[17] Mola TV N/A Mola TV On Demand
  Ireland N/A ITV Box Office Fite TV
  Japan N/A Wowow N/A Wowow
  MENA[18] N/A OSN Cinema OSN Play
  Mexico[19] Azteca 7 N/A Azteca En Vivo
  New Zealand N/A Sky Arena N/A
  Panama[20] Telemetro N/A Medcom Go
  Philippines[15] ABS-CBN (delayed) ABS-CBN S+A (delayed) Cignal iWant (delayed)
One Sports (delayed) Cignal Play
ESPN5
Solar Sports (delayed) Sky Sports Sky On Demand
  Poland[21] TVP Sport N/A TVP Stream
  Russia[22] Match TV
South America
  •   Argentina
  •   Bolivia
  •   Brazil
  •   Chile
  •   Colombia
  •   Ecuador
  •   Paraguay
  •   Peru
  •   Uruguay
  •   Venezuela
N/A Fox Premium Fox Play
Sub-Saharan Africa[23] N/A SuperSport N/A DStv Go
  Thailand[24] PPTV N/A PPTV
  Timor-Leste Mola TV N/A Mola TV On Demand
  Turkey[25] DMAX N/A DMAX
  United Kingdom[26] N/A ITV Box Office Fite TV
  United States[27][28][29] Fox FS1 Fox Fox Sports Go
Fox Deportes

National anthem singersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by
vs. Adrien Broner
Manny Pacquiao's bouts
July 20, 2019
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
vs. Josesito Lopez
Keith Thurman's bouts
January 26, 2019
Succeeded by
TBA