The 40-year-old Pacquiao prevailed over unbeaten champion Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) after 12 exciting rounds to capture the WBA welterweight title in an instant classic at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last Saturday.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) recorded a knockdown in the first round on a beautiful right hook that changed the complexion of the fight. With the win, Pac-Man became the oldest welterweight in boxing history to claim any of the recognized titles.
Manny Pacquiao By The Numbers
71 pro fights
Only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing
Won a world title in his teens, 20s, 30s and 40s
Lineal champion in five different weight classes
After the fight, Pacquiao planned to return to his home in the Philippines to attend the opening of the 18th Congress and the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, as part of his senatorial duties but unfortunately he didn’t make it back in time, although he hopes to participate in other important Senate functions this week.
Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, told the media Sunday that he failed to get his doctor’s clearance to fly back to Manila right after Saturday’s fight.
Manny Pacquiao plans to watch the upcoming Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter welterweight unification bout and he will likely face the winner in 2020, although his win may have helped him set up a big-money rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired in 2017 after defeating Conor McGregor via 10th-round TKO.
Mayweather has said he is happy in retirement but he flirted with the concept of coming back last year and he knocked out Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa during an exhibition bout in December 2018 for a reported $9 million, so he might not be completely against climbing back into the ring for the right price.
Manny Pacquiao’s Next Opponent
(Courtesy of BetOnline)
Errol Spence Jr. -150
Amir Khan +250
Shawn Porter +300
Terence Crawford +500
Mikey Garcia +1200
Keith Thurman +2000
Floyd Mayweather Jr. +2000
Adrien Broner +8000
Conor McGregor +10000