Keith Thurman beats Manny Pacquiao in Glenn Feldman’s scorecards

Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman

Veteran boxing referee Glenn Feldman had a controversial scorecard for the main event of “Welterweight Supremacy” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on July 20, 2019. Headliners Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of the Philippines and Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30, of the United States fought for the unified World Boxing Association Super Welterweight Championship title.

After 12 rounds, referee Kenny Bayless raised the hand of Pacquiao, who was declared the winner via split decision. Judges Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatam both scored it 115-112 in favor of the Filipino boxer while Feldman had it 114-113 in favor of the American boxer.

Feldman has been serving as a professional boxing judge since 1992. “Welterweight Supremacy” marked the fifth professional boxing bout of Pacquiao with Feldman as one of the judges.

Hailing from Avon, Connecticut, United States, Feldman started his sports career as a sports writer who covered boxing.He published a sports weekly paper called Hartford Sports Extra and became a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Feldman is a member of the WBA, World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Federation and the International Boxing Organization. His career as a boxing judge started when a received a call from a head commissioner of boxing.

“I’ll never forget when I got the call from the president of the World Boxing Union, Jon Robinson, asking me if I could do the George Foreman-Crawford Grimsley fight in Tokyo and leave the following morning,” Feldman told California Business Journal. “I nearly fell down. I almost couldn’t speak.”

Having judged more than 1000 professional boxing bouts, Feldman is aware that judges can be questioned by boxing fans if they do not agree with the scorecards. He told the publication, “We watch fights from a totally different perspective than fans,” he says. “We’re not drinking, and we’re not watching from our couch.”

“For those three minutes, we’re watching every punch, every deke, with great focus and intensity,” Feldman continued. “I’m not saying we’re perfect. We’re not. But we’re well trained and have a goal to produce a fair, honest result.”

Meanwhile, watch the interview with Pacquiao and Thurman prior to their bout at the MGM Grand Arena:

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman results: WBA Welterweight title unification in Las Vegas, Nevada

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of the Philippines broke the undefeated record of Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30, of the United States on July 20, 2019 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The two battled it out for the World Boxing Association Welterweight Championship title unification in the main event of at “Welterweight Supremacy.”

Pacquiao stands 5′5½″ and has a 170 cm reach while Thurman stands 5′ 7½″ and has a 175 cm reach. They both weighed in at 146.5 lbs during the official “Welterweight Supremacy” weigh-ins at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on July 19, 2019.

Entered the ring as the WBA Regular World Welterweight Champion, Pacquiao earned his 62nd professional boxing victory at “Welterweight Supremacy.”  His American opponent was the WBA Super World Welterweight Champion.

In the main event, of “Welterweight Supremacy”  Pacquiao and Thurman competed for the unified WBA Welterweight Championship title. Kenny Bayless as the referee while Jose Oliver Gomez served as the supervisor of the bout.

After 12 rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges namely Dave Moretti, Glenn Feldman and Leslie Cheatham. Both Moretti and Cheatham scored the bout 115-112 in favor of Pacquiao while Feldman scored in 113-114 in favor of Thurman.

In the end, Bayless raised the hand of Pacquiao, who was declared the winner via split decision. The Filipino boxer improved his professional boxing record to 62 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws while Thurman now has 29 wins and 1 loss.

Aside from Pacquiao, three other Filipino boxers competed on the undercard of “Welterweight Supremacy” namely John Leo “The Lion” Dato, 26, Genisis “Cobra” Lagumbay Libranza, 25, and Jay-ar “Hitman” Inson, 28. Both Libranza and Inson are from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines while Dato is from Bangar, La Union, Philippines.

Libranza knocked out  Carlos “Mighty” Maldonado, 28, of Los Angeles, California, USA in the flyweight division and Dato knocked out Juan Antonio “The Wolf” Lopez, 25, of Dallas, Texas, USA in the featherweight division. Inson was knocked out by Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets, 30, of Russia in the welterweight division.

Here is Pacquiao right after his victory over Thurman:

Manny Pacquiao not worried about Keith Thurman’s size

Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman

Age difference is not the only thing boxing fans talk about in relation to the upcoming bout between Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of the Philippines and Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30, of the United States at “Welterweight Supremacy.” There are also debates about the two boxers’ sizes.

Both Pacquiao and Thurman weighed in at 146.5 lbs during the official “Welterweight Supremacy” weigh-ins at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on July 19, 2019. During the event, the Filipino boxer told Yahoo! Sports that he and his American opponent are “both excited for tomorrow.”

“I’m not worried about the size,” Pacquiao told the publication. “This is about how you move, your speed and the punches.”

Pacquiao stands 5′5½″ and has a 170 cm reach while Thurman stands 5′ 7½″ and has a 175 cm reach. The Filipino fighter said he would beat his American opponent at “Welterweight Supremacy” at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on July 20, 2019 by using his “speed and power, side by side, moving around.”

Born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines on December 17, 1978, Pacquiao made his professional boxing debut in 1995. Having won 12 major world titles, he is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing.

Moreover, Pacquiao is the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight divisions and is the first one to win major world titles in four of the original eight weight divisions of boxing namely flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight.He has been reigning as the World Boxing Association Regular Welterweight Champion since 2018.

“Welterweight Supremacy” marks Pacquiao’s 71st professional boxing bout. He owns a record of 61 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws.

On the other hand, Thurman holds a professional boxing record of 29 wins, 0 loss and 1 No Contest. He has been competing professionally since 2007.

Thurman was born in Clearwater, Florida, USA on November 23, 1988. He has been holding the WBA Super World Welterweight Championship title since 2017.

Watch the official “Welterweight Supremacy” weigh-ins here:

‘Welterweight Supremacy’ fight card: Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugás vs Omar Figueroa Jr

Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman

  • Title: “Welterweight Supremacy”
  • Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Date: July 20, 2019
  • Commission: Nevada Athletic Commission
  • Promoter: Tom Brown (TGB Promotions), Manny Pacquiao (MP Promotions)
  • Matchmaker: Tom Brown
  • Television: USA FOX PPV, Panama Telemetro Channel 13

UNDERCARD

  1. Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets (Russia) vs Jayar Inson (Philippines)
  • DIVISION: Welterweight
  • ROUNDS: 8
  • REFEREE:
  • JUDGES:
  1. John Leon “The Lion” Dato (Philippines) vs Juan Antonio Lopez (United States)
  • DIVISION: Featherweight
  • ROUNDS: 8
  • REFEREE:
  • JUDGES:
  1. Genisis “Cobra” Libranza (Philippines) vs Carlos Maldonado (United States)
  • DIVISION: Flyweight
  • ROUNDS: 8
  • REFEREE:
  • JUDGES:
  1. Abel Ramos (United States) vs Jimmy “Quiet Storm” Williams (United States)
  • DIVISION: Welterweight
  • ROUNDS: 8
  • REFEREE:
  • JUDGES:
  1. Efe Ajagba (Nigeria) vs Ali Eren Demirezen (Germany and Turkey)
  • DIVISION: Heavyweight
  • ROUNDS: 10
  • REFEREE: Robert Byrd
  • JUDGES:

MAIN CARD

  1. Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (United States) vs Mike “White Bear” Lee (United States)
  • DIVISION: International Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight Title
  • ROUNDS: 12
  • REFEREE: Robert Byrd
  • JUDGES:
  1. Luis “Pantera” Hernandez (Mexico) vs Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (Dominican Republic)
  • DIVISION: World Boxing Council Silver Bantamweight Championship
  • TIME AND ROUNDS: 12
  • REFEREE:
  • JUDGES:
  1. Yordenis “#54 Milagros” Ugas (Cuba) vs Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (United States)
  • DIVISION: Welterweight
  • ROUNDS: 12
  • REFEREE:
  • JUDGES:

Main Event

  1. Keith “One Time” Thurman (United States) vs Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao(Philippines)
  • DIVISION: World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight Championship
  • ROUND:S 12
  • REFEREE: Kenny Bayless
  • JUDGES: Dave Moretti, Glenn Feldman, Leslie Cheatham