At the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, Saturday night TGB Promotions and MP Promotions over USA FOX PPV, WBA Super World Welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman lost his title to WBA World champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao by split decision.
WBA Super World Welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, 29-1 (22), of Clearwater, FL, lost a split decision to 6 Division world champion now the WBA World champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, 62-7-2 (39), of General Santos City, PH, over 12 rounds.
In the first round Pacquiao landed a body shot and one on the chin knocking Thurman to the canvas. Referee Kenny Bayless gave him the 8 count as the round ended. In the second round Thurman came forward and Pacquiao countered in a close round.
In the third round Thurman fired punches when Pacquiao was against the ropes with his hands held high. Pacquiao punched his way off the ropes backing Thurman up in a close round. In the fourth round Pacquiao did well in the middle of the ring but not against the ropes.
In the fifth round Pacquiao flurried in the middle of the ring and fought his way off the ropes cutting Thurman on the left cheek. In the sixth round Thurman had problems when he was backing up but did enough to take the round when Pacquiao went to the ropes.
In the seventh round Thurman controlled the first half of the round with Pacquiao coming back in the latter half. In the eighth round Thurman evened the score except for the knockdown. In the ninth round Thurman suffered a small cut under his right eye in another close round.
In the tenth round Pacquiao hurt Thurman with a good body shot halfway through the round. Thurman got back into the fight in the second half. In the eleventh round Thurman came back well but still seemed behind.
In the twelfth and final round it was close with Thurman winning but was it enough considering the knockdown?
Scores were 115-112 Cheatam and Moretti for Pacquiao and Feldman 114-113 for Thurman. This writer had it 114-113 for Pacquiao.
In the co-feature WBC title eliminator Welterweight Cuban Yordenis #54 Milagros” Ugas, 24-4 (11), of Miami, FL, defeated the former WBC Lightweight champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Jr., 28-1-1 (19), of Weslaco, TX, over 12 ugly rounds.
In the first round with two minutes remaining Ugas landed a right to the chin of Figueroa driving him into the ropes that saved him from going down. Referee Russell Mora correctly ruled it a knockdown. In the second round Ugas was warned twice for holding Figueroa. Figueroa would come in with his head low and Ugas would either hold him or push him off.
In the third round Ugas would force Figueroa against the ropes landing punches when he got him there. Then hold and push him back against the ropes. In the fourth round referee Mora warned both fighters about holding. They banged heads with Figueroa cut on top of the forehead.
In the fifth round referee Mora correctly finally took a point from Ugas for holding. In the sixth round the ugly fight continued with Figueroa coming forward getting into a clinch due to Ugas holding. From the seventh through the tenth round the fight continued all inside with too much holding and Ugas winning.
In the eleventh round Figueroa knew he was in for his first defeat but overweight and slow he had no chance of scoring a knockout which is what he needed in the final round. In the twelfth and final round Figueroa kept running into uppercuts on the chin from Ugas.
This writer had it 119-109.
Former IBF 140 champion now Welterweight Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets, 16-1 (12), 147, of KAZ/Woodland Hills, CA, stopped southpaw Jayar “Hit Man” Inson, 18-3 (12), 147, of Davao City, PH, at 0:57 of the second round.
In the round second round Lipinets landed a left hook on the chin and down went Inson face first to the canvas. He beat the count but referee Jay Nady didn’t feel he was ready to continue and stopped the fight.
Former WBC Bantamweight champion, southpaw Luis “Pantera” Nery, 30-0 (24), of Tijuana, MEX, defeated former WBA Bantamweight champion winning his eleventh straight by knockout stopping southpaw Juan “Baby Pacquiao” Payano, 21-3 (9), of DR/Las Vegas, NV, for WBC Silver Bantamweight title at 1:43 of the ninth round.
In the first round both fighters felt one another out with Payano outworking Nery. In the third and fourth rounds Nery continued to press the action but missed more than he landed. Payano still outworked him. They have banged heads almost every round.
In the fifth and sixth rounds Payano countered Nery who came forward swinging wildly mostly missing. In the seventh round the pattern of the fight remained the same with Nery pressing but Payano landing more punches. In the eighth round Nery finally seemed to outscore Payano whose nose was bleeding.
In the ninth round Payano was knocked down and out with his nose and mouth bleeding he never made an effort to get up. Nery caught him under the right arm with a left cross.
IBF World Super Middleweight champion Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant, 19-0 (11), of Henderson, NV, made a successful defense when he stopped Mike “White Bear” Lee, 21-1 (11), of Chicago, IL, by TKO in the third round.