Keith Thurman changes tune after split decision loss to Manny Pacquiao

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Mike Tyson famously once said that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

Such was the case for former WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1-1) after losing his title to Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2) during their highly anticipated bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Manila time).

“I’ve always said I’m not afraid to let my 0 go, if you can beat me — beat me. @mannypacquiao beat me tonight. Hats off to the Senator on a great performance,” the 30-year-old previously undefeated boxer wrote on his social media pages, a few hours after being at the losing end of a (113-114,115-112,115-112) split decision verdict.

Thurman saw the canvass early in the bout after getting dropped by a Pacquiao flurry in the first round. He was in trouble once more in the the tenth round, visibly grimacing in discomfort after receiving a body blow from the hard-hitting Filipino senator.

The champion got in some good shots in the latter part of the match, but never really threatened boxing’s only eight-division world champion.

Thurman raised a lot of eyebrows in the build-up to the fight, lambasting Pacquiao for his “T-Rex” arms and even going as far as to claim that he will send the legendary pugilist to retirement. Thurman, however, was nothing but gracious in defeat, calling his match with Pacquiao a ‘blessing’ in the post-fight conference.

(Photo from Getty Images)

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