Manny Pacquiao claimed the WBA welterweight title after defeating previously-unbeaten Keith Thurman on a split decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 40-year-old Pacquiao, who went into the fight as the WBA regular champion, knocked down Thurman in the opening round but ended up having to go the distance before overcoming the reigning WBA super champion.
Two judges scored the fight 115-112 in favour of the eight-division world champion from the Philippines, with the other finding in favour of American Thurman, 114-113.
Pacquiao now boasts a record of 62 wins from 71 fights, while the defeat is the first for 30-year-old Thurman after 29 victories in his professional career.
Reaction after former world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan stopped Australia’s Billy Dib in their fight in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday.
The fight was halted in the fourth round after a flurry of punches from Khan resulted in the towel being thrown in by Dib’s corner.
The Australian only took the fight at short notice after Khan’s original opponent, India’s Neeraj Goyat was injured in a car crash.
Khan won the WBC international welterweight belt as a result of his win – it was a quick return to the ring for the Briton after he lost in April to American Terence Crawford for the WBO full title.
In the twilight of their boxing careers, former world champions Amir Khan and Billy Dib loook ahead to a big payday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
They are also fighting for the vacant WBC International welterweight title
“I want to create history, I want big fights to come to Saudi Arabia” said Khan who launched his career 15 years ago with silver at the Athens Olympics.