Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman by a 113-114, 115-112, 115-112 split decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden to win the WBA welterweight title.
Doctors told reporters early Saturday morning that the Russian-born boxer had surgery in a procedure that took about two hours.
The 30-year-old has unveiled an uncanny bravado, buoyed in part by an undefeated professional record and five successful defenses of his WBA welterweight championship.
The eight-division boxing champion is seeking another signature victory when he fights WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden.
Thurman opened as a minus 140 favorite for Saturday’s WBA welterweight title fight in Las Vegas, but heavy action on Pacquiao made him as high as a minus 170 favorite.
The Las Vegas resident will defend his super middleweight title Saturday against Mike Lee on the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The 40-year-old Pacquiao was quiet and humble during a news conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, while the WBA welterweight champion unleashed his braggadocios barbs.
The two boxers made their grand arrivals Tuesday at the MGM Grand. They will fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for Thurman’s WBA welterweight championship.
Former boxing champion Pernell Whitaker has died after he was hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55.
With the help of legendary referee Joe Cortez, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has found a home in the HeadzUP interactive entertainment center at Boulevard Mall.