Pacquiao downs Thurman, captures WBA crown

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Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao sends US boxer Keith Thurman to the mat during the first round of their WBA super world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 20 July 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Pacquiao won a 12 round split decision. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP)

LAS VEGAS — Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years with a vintage display to defeat reigning WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman by split decision in a thrilling 12-round battle on Saturday.

Pacquiao, 40, floored Thurman in the first round and never eased up to bring a sell-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to its feet.

Two judges scored it 115-112 in favor of Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 in favor of Thurman.

Keith Thurman takes a punch from Manny Pacquiao during their WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 20 July 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the fight by split decision.   (Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP)
Keith Thurman takes a punch from Manny Pacquiao during their WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 20 July 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the fight by split decision. (Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP)

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