The 40-year-old set the tone by flooring Thurman within the first spherical with a straight proper hand and gained the 12-round bout on a break up choice to turn out to be the oldest welterweight champion in historical past.
Pacquiao appeared to have the clear benefit Saturday however one ringside choose, Glenn Feldman, gave the 30-year-old American a 114-113 benefit.
Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatham, although, each scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao.
Thurman misplaced for the primary time (29-1) whereas Pacquiao collected a 62nd victory (62-7-2) and mentioned it would not be his final battle, both.
To that finish, may a rematch with Floyd Mayweather be on the playing cards? That has been mentioned for some time. Mayweather, a type of trying on on the MGM Grand, would wish to return out of retirement first.
The fighter nicknamed ‘Cash’ — who final fought two years in the past — beat Pacquiao in a unanimous choice in 2015.
Though the bout didn’t stay as much as expectations, it was a cash spinner certainly with Mayweather pocketing a reported $250 million.
On Saturday, Pacquiao’s fast begin rattled Thurman, who recovered within the center rounds and even punished his opponent within the ninth.
Pacquiao, although, responded within the 10th spherical with blows to the physique and Thurman could not produce the large end he realistically wanted within the 12th.
“It was enjoyable,” Pacquiao, a titlist in a outstanding eight totally different weight lessons in his profession, informed the gang. “My opponent is an effective fighter and boxer. He was sturdy.
“I believe he did his finest, and I did my finest. I believe we made the followers completely satisfied tonight as a result of it was a superb battle.”
Thurman, slowed by hand and elbow accidents in recent times, mentioned Pacquiao simply had an excessive amount of for him.
“I want I had just a little bit extra output to go toe to toe,” he mentioned. “My conditioning, my output was simply behind Manny Pacquiao’s tonight.
“Tonight was a blessing and a lesson.”