Filipino boxer and senator Manny Pacquiao beat WBA (Super) welterweight champion Keith Thurman over a 12-round bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, to win the title and become the oldest champion in that weight class to date.

"What we did in the ring tonight, my opponent [was] very tough and also strong. [It is] the first time I encounter a heavy handed opponent like Keith Thurman," Pacquiao said at a press conference following the match.

The 40-year-old Filipino boxer floored his younger American opponent in the first round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, before dominating the rest of the bout.

Thurman said that it was "a great night of boxing" and acknowledged Pacquiao was a great champion.

"I felt like he was getting a little bit tired in the later rounds, but he does train hard, he's been in so many wars that now he knows what not to do", said the American, who was looking for his 30th straight win.

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