ANALYSIS: Round-1 knockdown helped Pacquiao dodge potential shock result

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2019 02:31 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2019 07:30 PM

Pacquiao's first-round knockdown proved crucial in a surprisingly close decision victory against Thurman on Sunday (Manila time). Joe Camporeale, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Local fight analysts were surprised Manny Pacquiao had to settle for a split decision against Keith Thurman despite his dominance during their world welterweight title clash on Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday Manila time).

This is why fight commentators Ed Tolentino and Danrex Tapdasan said it was crucial for Pacquiao to score at least one knockdown against the erstwhile unbeaten American.

Judge Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatham had it 115-112, while 
Glen Feldman favored Thurman with 114-113.

"Buti na lang nakuha nu'ng dalawa ang tamang score," said Tolentino during DZMM's live telecast of the Pacquiao-Thurman bout.

"I really thought it should have been a unanimous decision. Lumalabas na importante pala na naka-knockdown si Manny Pacquiao dahil kung sakali nakasalba ng draw itong si Thurman."

Dapdasan, for his part, said that this unfairly puts a question mark on Pacquiao's victory over Thurman despite his dominating performance.

"Lumalabas pa tuloy in the books na naging questionable pa ang pagkapanalo niya dahil split decision," he said. 

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