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Manny Pacquiao decisions Keith Thurman, becomes unified WBA Welterweight Champion

Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of the Philippines earned his 62nd professional boxing victory on July 20, 2019. He broke the undefeated record of Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30, of the United States at “Welterweight Supremacy.”

Pacquiao entered the ring at “Welterweight Supremacy” as the World Boxing Association Regular World Welterweight Champion. On the other hand, Thurman entered as an undefeated boxer and the reigning WBA Super World Welterweight Champion.

“Welterweight Supremacy” took place at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In the main event, Pacquiao and Thurman competed for the unification of the WBA Welterweight Championship title.

Kenny Bayless served as the referee while Jose Oliver Gomez was the supervisor. After 12 rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges namely Dave Moretti, Glenn Feldman and Leslie Cheatham.

Both Moretti and Cheatham scored the bout 115-112 in favor of Pacquiao while Feldman scored in 113-114 in favor of Thurman. In the end, Bayless raised the hand of the Filipino boxer, who was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “Welterweight Supremacy” improved the professional boxing record of Pacquiao to 62 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws. He downgraded the record of Thurman to 29 wins and 1 loss.

Including Pacquiao, four Filipino boxers competed at “Welterweight Supremacy.” The other three namely John Leo “The Lion” Dato, 26, Genisis “Cobra” Lagumbay Libranza, 25, and Jay-ar “Hitman” Inson, 28, competed on the undercard.

Both Libranza and Inson are from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines while Dato is from Bangar, La Union, Philippines. Libranza knocked out  Carlos “Mighty” Maldonado, 28, of Los Angeles, California, USA in the flyweight division and Dato knocked out Juan Antonio “The Wolf” Lopez, 25, of Dallas, Texas, USA in the featherweight division while Inson was knocked out by Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets, 30, of Russia in the welterweight division.

Here is Pacquiao right after his victory over Thurman:

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