Manny Pacquiao (R) connects with a punch on Keith Thurman during their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Thurman wants Pacquiao rematch
Dino Maragay ( - July 21, 2019 - 1:31pm

LAS VEGAS — After an entertaining bout that ended up in a split decision, Keith Thurman prefers that he and Manny Pacquiao have another go.

"I would love a rematch,” the previously unbeaten Thurman said after yielding the WBA “super” welterweight title to Pacquiao before a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday (Sunday Manila time).

Pacquiao — who scored a first-round knockdown — won on two judges’ scorecards, 115-112, while the other had Thurman ahead, 114-113.

Thurman admitted Pacquiao was the busier fighter.

"I wish I had a little more output. It was just behind Manny's output," he said.

While he said the fight was close, Thurman did not dispute the result and was instead thankful for the opportunity to trade gloves with the legendary Pacquiao.

“Tonight was a blessing and a lesson. Thank you, Manny Pacquiao.”

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