The right man won, but questions arise over Pacquiao-Thurman split decision


Posted at Jul 21 2019 01:32 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2019 04:02 PM

Manny Pacquiao was the rightful winner over Keith Thurman in their world welterweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time), but the nature of Pacquiao's victory stoked some controversy.

In a fight Pacquiao clearly dominated, judges called it a split decision, which rankled those who saw the Filipino champion impose his will on Thurman from start to finish.

Even those on the TV crew in the American broadcast for the fight voiced their astonishment over the decision.

Judges Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatham each scored the bout 115-112, while judge Glenn Feldman had it 114-113.

Jack Rathborn of the Independent wrote: "Pacquiao, no stranger to controversial decisions, briefly experienced a sense of deja-vu when the initial scorecard was read out in favour of Thurman: 114-113. But two more, both 115-112, handed the deserved win to the rejuvenated veteran."

"But one baffling scorecard aside, this was a throwback to one of the most scintillating athletes of the modern era," he added.

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