Pacquiao vs. Thurman took place July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2) faced Keith Thurman (29-1) in the main event, which aired live on pay-per-view.
For more on Pacquiao vs. Thurman, check out Bad Left Hook’s live blog below.
MANNY PACQUIAO vs KEITH THURMAN
Round 1: Thurman takes a step forward and throws two to the body that misses. Pac presses forward and falls short on a left hand following two reaching jabs. Left lands for Pac this time, but Thurman comes back with Three punches as Pac covers up. Right hand lead lands clean for Thurman, Pac nods. Thurman looks comfortable early and steps in with a right hand. Pac misses on a right hook upstairs but gets in a body shot. Thurman walks forward behind three punches that pushes Pac to the ropes. Thurman lands another clean right hand upstairs! Thurman looks like he’s already got his distance down early. Hard hook lands for Thurman, but Pac comes back with a right hand that puts Thurman down while backing up! Thurman gets up and lands a left hook! Pacquiao 10-8.
Round 2: Thurman measures with the jab and steps forward with a left hook to the body. Pac flicks a jab as he bobs his head from side-to-side. Thurman lands another straight right hand lead, Pac fuies back and Thurman circles out. Thurman lands a right hand as he turns southpaw. Now he goes back to orthodox and Pac lands a right hook. Now Pac steps in with a couple shots that Thurman blocks. Thurman throws a few shots with Pac on the ropes and he turns southpaw and back orthodox again. Right hand from Thurman gets blocked. Pav throws some quick shots and Thurman tries to respond but misses. Pac shuffles at the end of the round to taunt Thurman. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 3: Thurman jabs and jabs again at center ring. Thurman looks to press forward and back Pacquiao up more. Right hand lead falls short for Thurman. Pac throws a left hand that grazes Thurman. Thurman holds his ground at center ring as Pac lands a clean right jab. Thurman steps in and lands a left to the body, then a right. Thurman pushes Pac back to the ropes as Pac tries to bait him into an exchange. Two body shots land well for Thurman. Left hook lands on the inside for Thurman. Two more body shots land for Thurman. Thurman throws a couple more body shots to end the round for good measure. Thurman 10-9.
Round 4: Thurman steps forward quickly and lands a few shots. Now Pacquiao stands in and fires back his own punches, Thurman responds with his own! Thurman has Pac on the ropes but Pac turns back to center ring but Thurman lands a left hook to the body. Two body shots land for Pac now and Thurman immediately comes back with another body shot. Lead left to the body makes some contact but Pac fires back in return but can’t land clean. Jab lands over the top for Pacquiao. Now Pacquiao puts in a combination of punches as Thurman comvers up. Thurman stands in and tries to walk Pacquiao back but Pac scored a lot in that sequence. Left hook lands clean for Thurman upstairs. Right hook to the body lands for Thurman at the bell. I think that long flurry from Pac was the difference maker in this round. Pacquiao 10-9, 39-36.
Round 5: Thurman walks in and throws two punches that has Pac on the ropes quickly. Thurman tries to throw a right hand to the body but it doesn’t land well. Left hook lands for Pav upstairs. Thurman comes back with a combination of punches. Hard right hand lands for Thurman! Pac taps his gloves! Right hand scores for Thurman again. Pac starts coming forward now and Thurman is bleeding from his nose. Thurman blocks a shot and then throws a left hook, Pac gets in his own. Right hand lands upstairs for Pac. Rhutman throws a right hook and lands. Thurman lands two jabs and then takes one back. Pac throws some shots as Thurman covers up. Thurman ‘s face is bloody! He might have a broken nose. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 6: Thurman comes out stalking and lands a left to the body. Jab lands to the body for Thurman. Pac lands a right over the top but Thurman comes back and gets in a shot. Pac picks Thurman off with a right hand. Left hand lead lands for Pacquiao. Double jab from Pac lands on Thurman’s face. Jab lands for Thurman at center ring. Clean right hand counter lands for Thurman. Another right hand lands for Thurman but his nose is still bleeding pretty good. Two body shots land for Thurman. Pac lands a right hook over Thurman’s jab. Thurman ducks a Pac left hand. Right hook lands for Thurman upstairs. Combination from Thurman lands. Thurman 10-9, 55-58.
Round 7: Thurman comes out with an assault and puts Pacquiao on the ropes. Thurman let’s both hands fly again as Pac covers up. Left to the body lands for Thurman. Clean right hand counter lands for Thurman again, getting Pacquiao’s strict attention! Pac throws a quick combination that misses and eats a Thurman Jab. Hard right hook lands for Thurman with Pac on the ropes! Two more shots land clean for Thurman at center ring before they fall into a clinch. Thurman is having his best round of the fight. Right hand lands for Thurman,then another that buckles Pac’s knees for a second! Good round for Thurman. Thurman 10-9.
Round 8: Thurman measures with a jab and then looks to land a right but Pac steps out of range. Vintage left hand lead lands for Pac as he steps around Thurman. Thurman gets back to the jab and tries a straight right hand that misses. Two short shots land for Thurman on the inside. Pac throws an overhand right. Double right hand lands for Thurman. Pac reaches on a straight left that falls short. Right hand counter lands for Thurman. Pac throws several shots as Thurman covers up. Pac lands a left upstairs. Left hook lands for Thurman, Pac lands a left to the body. Not much body punching from Pacquiao in this fight. Thurman misses on a right hook. Double right hand lead lands for Thurman just before the bell. Thurman 10-9, 75-76.
Round 9: Thurman measures with a jab again and looks to land a right hook that just misses. Thurman comes forward with a straight right that lands on Pac’s guard. Right hook from Thurman lands on Pac’s glove. Right hook lands for Thurman this time. Thurman misses on a jab and then looks to keep this fight at arms reach for the moment. Right hand counter lands well for Thurman. Thurman lands a jab. Pav misses on a counter right. Pac has lost his mojo these last few rounds. Right lands to body for Thurman, then a left downstairs. Pac throws two leffts that don’t make much contact. Left hook lands for Thurman as he steps forward, and Pac might have some blood in his mouth. Thurman lands some shots and Pac wants to come back with punches right away! I like Thurman in this round. Thurman 10-9.
Round 10: Thurman comes out with a number of punches to make an impression on Pacquiao to open the round. Thurman trhwos a couple more as Pac lays back. Double right hand backs Pac up some more. Pacquiao lands a right hand over the top. Right hand lands for Thurman but Pac comes back and gets in a left hand. Thurman turns southpaw again and Pac strafes him on the ropes. Both fighter clash heads and Thurman is reeling! Thurman times a right uppercut and Pac is taking advantage. Not Thurman lands a clean left hook upstairs! Thurman throws a right hand, a left hook and misses. Pacquiao 10-9, 95-94.
Round 11: Replay shows it was a body shot that hurt Thurman in the last round. Thurman comes out and lands a couple of quick shots. Pacquiao throws some shots that fall short. Right hand lead lands for Pacquiao. Left to the body hurt Thurman again! Thurman is still hurt to the body from the last round. Thurman comes forward and throws a couple hooks with Pac on the ropes. Right hand counter falls short for Thurman. Now hard right hand from Thurman knocks Pac back to the ropes! Pac is able to come right back and land a clean right hand. This fight has a lot of good back-and-forth action! Right hand lead lands for Thurman, Pac gets in a left. Close round but I’m going to edge this round to Pac as he hurt Thurman again to the body. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 12: Thurman comes out on the attack but doesn’t land anything effective. Thurman pushes Pac back again to the ropes. Pac lands a jab and then steps to the side with a left hand lead. Thurman throws a shot and misses. Pac lands a left hand and then another clean one upstairs at center ring! Right hook lands for Pac, Thurman returns with several shots and Pacquiao wants to match fire with fire. Jab lands for Pacquiao. Thurman misses on his Jab. Thurman tries to time a right hook but can’t land it clean. Right hand lead lands clean for Thurman this time. Thurman misses on a big right hand. Really good fight! Pacquiao 10-9. I’ve got it scored for the legend himself, 115-112.