Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a punch against Keith Thurman in the fifth round during a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history, with a thrilling split-decision victory over WBA champion Keith Thurman.The 40-year-old Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance Saturday before a sellout MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd of 14,356 that included former welterweight king Floyd Mayweather.Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel.Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman.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.Deafening chants of "Manny, Manny" rolled around the packed arena as Pacquiao immediately set about building an advantage.Again, Pacquiao responded strongly, swarming forward in the ninth round to have Thurman rattled again.
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