‘Pacquiao a legendary champ’: After taunts, Thurman shows classy side in loss

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Posted at Jul 21 2019 01:20 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2019 03:36 PM

Thurman had bragged in the leadup to the fight that he would do all sorts of things to Pacquiao inside the ring to force him to retire, but the American fighter couldn't walk the walk. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Thurman hopes for rematch 

Keith Thurman accepted his split decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, citing that Manny Pacquiao was the better fighter in their WBA welterweight title fight in Las Vegas, on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).

"Pacquiao is a truly great, great legendary champion. He got the victory over me. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt that I was giving him a little bit time, but he did have experience in the ring," Thurman said after absorbing a decision loss from the Filipinoc champion.

Thurman had bragged in the leadup to the fight that he would do all sorts of things to Pacquiao inside the ring to force him to retire.

Later after the fight, Thurman saluted Pacquiao on Twitter.

But it was clear from the onset that Pacquiao wasn't ready to hang it up yet, blitzing Thurman on a number of occasions and attacking him from all angles.

Pacquiao even floored Thurman in the first round, which made it clear to the American champion that he underestimated the Filipino boxing legend.

But unlike Adrien Broner who went on a bizarre rant following his unanimous decision loss to Pacquiao in January, Thurman was gracious in defeat.

"My conditioning, my output is just behind Manny Pacquiao. I would love a rematch. You gave blessing and lessons tonight, thank you Manny Pacquiao."

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