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Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crown

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history with a thrilling split decision victory over WBA champion Keith Thurman on Saturday.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance before a sell-out MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd of 14,356 which included former welterweight king Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel.

Although the bloodied Thurman rallied in the later rounds to narrow Pacquiao’s lead, the judges scored it in the Filipino’s favour. Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman.

“It was fun,” Pacquiao said afterwards. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong.”

Thurman had riled Pacquiao in the build-up to the fight by vowing to “crucify” his deeply religious opponent, and later promising to send the Filipino icon into retirement.

Pacquiao, who improved to 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts, was gracious in victory.

“I’m not that kind of boxer who talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight,” he said.

“I want to clap my opponent. He’s very tough. He can fight. This guy is a warrior.”

Pacquiao, who earned an estimated $20 million from Saturday’s fight, is now a major player in the competitive welterweight division once again after capturing Thurman’s WBA welterweight ‘super’ champion belt.

The eight-division world champion said he will now return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding on his next move inside the ring.

“I think I will fight next year,” said Pacquiao, who was due to fly out of Las Vegas for the Philippines shortly after the fight. “I will go back to the Philippines and work and then make a decision.”

– No complaints –
Thurman meanwhile had few complaints in defeat, embracing Pacquiao after the final bell in recognition of an epic contest.

“I knew it was too close,” Thurman said. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.

“This was a beautiful night of boxing. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. I would love the rematch.”

Official statistics showed Pacquiao landed 195 of 686 punches thrown, while Thurman connected with 210 of 571.

“My numbers just weren’t up to par to be victorious tonight,” Thurman said. “The fight just flew by. I knew I had to do something big in the later rounds but he was just too good.”

Earlier, a pumped-up Pacquiao had danced into the ring to the strains of Rocky movie anthem “Eye of the Tiger” to bring the crowd to its feet.

Deafening chants of “Manny, Manny” rolled around the packed arena as Pacquiao immediately set about building an advantage.

Towards the end of the round, the crowd erupted as Pacquiao sent Thurman crashing to the canvas, uncorking a left to the ribs before detonating a right hand on the American’s jaw.

That set the tone for the early rounds, with Pacquiao urging Thurman on before using his superior hand speed and footwork to bamboozle his rival.

A dazzling combination wobbled Thurman again at the end of the second, and Pacquiao delighted the crowd with an Ali shuffle as the round closed.

Although Thurman improved, Pacquiao was able to control the tempo and had Thurman in trouble again in the fifth round with blood pouring from his nose.

Thurman though was in no mood to surrender and he came back strongly, snapping Pacquiao’s head back with a right cross-left jab combination in the seventh round.

The younger Thurman appeared to be gaining momentum as the fight drew on, backing up Pacquiao with a clean combination in the eighth.

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FIFA 20 ratings: top 100 players revealed as Messi tops the lead

 

EA Sports have disclosed the highest one hundred rated players previous the coming FIFA 20 unharness, saying individual statistics for every star earlier yesterday afternoon (9th of Sept 2019).

PS4 and Xbox One gamers were created to attend for his or her 1st examine specific player ratings, with Semitic deity originally aiming to announce their official rankings on-line at 3pm before suffering a delay.

 

List of fifa ranking players below

1) Lionel Messi: 94

2) Cristiano Ronaldo: 93

3) Neymar: 92

4) Eden Hazard: 91

5) Kevin de Bruyne: 91

6) Jan Oblak: 91

7) Virgil van Dijk: 90

8) Mohamed Salah: 90

9) Luka Modric: 90

10) Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 90

11) Kylian Mbappe: 89

12) Sergio Ramos: 89

13) Sergio Aguero: 89

14) Giorgio Chiellini: 89

15) Robert Lewandowski: 89

16) Harry Kane: 89

17) Kalidou Koulibaly: 89

18) N’golo Kante: 89

19) Alisson Becker: 89

20) Antoine Griezmann: 89

21) Sergio Busquets: 89

22) Luis Suarez: 89

23) David de Gea: 89

24) Raheem Sterling: 88

25) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 88

26) Gerard Pique: 88

27) Manuel Neuer: 88

28) Sadio Mane: 88

29) Toni Kroos: 88

30) Christian Eriksen: 88

31) Paul Pogba: 88

32) Edinson Cavani: 88

33) Marco Reus: 88

34) Ederson: 88

35) David Silva: 88

36) Hugo Lloris: 88

37) Diego Godin: 88

38) Paulo Dybala: 88

39) Thibaut Courtois: 88

40) Samir Handanovic: 88

41) Karim Benzema: 87

42) Jordi Alba: 87

43) Mats Hummels: 87

44) Fernandinho: 87

45) Son Heung-min: 87

46) Toby Alderweireld: 87

47) Bernardo Silva: 87

48) Thiago Alcantara: 87

49) Aymeric Laporte: 87

50) Dries Mertens: 87

51) Thiago Silva: 87

52) Casemiro: 87

53) Lorenzo Insigne: 87

54) Jan Vertonghen: 87

55) Keylor Navas: 87

56) Joshua Kimmich: 86

57) Leroy Sane: 86

58) Miralem Pjanic: 86

59) Angel Di Maria: 86

60) Alexandre Lacazette: 86

61) Marquinhos: 86

62) Roberto Firmino: 86

63) Marco Verratti: 86

64) Leonardo Bonucci: 86

65) Ivan Rakitic: 86

66) Milan Skriniar: 86

67) Samuel Umtiti: 86

68) Thomas Muller: 86

69) Philippe Coutinho: 86

70) Ciro Immobile: 86

71) Isco: 86

72) Wojciech Szczesny: 86

73) Dani Parejo: 86

74) Marcelo: 85

75) Gianluigi Donnarumma: 85

76) James Rodriguez: 85

77) Frenkie De Jong: 85

78) Raphael Varane: 85

79) Andy Robertson: 85

80) Axel Witsel: 85

81) Matthijs de Ligt: 85

82) Fabinho: 85

83) Alex Sandro: 85

84) Nicklas Sule: 85

85) Papu Gomez: 85

86) Romelu Lukaku: 85

87) Blaise Matuidi: 85

88) David Alaba: 85

89) Dani Carvajal: 85

90) Mauro Icardi: 85

91) Koke: 85

92) Kostas Manolas: 85

93) Jose Gimenez: 85

94) Sergej Milinkovic-Savic: 85

95) Rodri: 85

96) Allan: 85

97) Hakim Ziyech: 85

98) Saul: 85

99) Bruno Fernandes: 85

100) Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 85

 

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Paul Pogba drops Real Madrid transfer hint and fans are furious

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Paul Pogba has been brazenly making an attempt to depart Manchester United and a transfer to Real Madrid was mooted throughout the summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his transfer window accountable and he has created some huge changes.
Just under £150m was spent on 3 players in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.

It comes when the Norwegian supported young, British abilities to become the largest influence on his Manchester United revolution.

But there have additionally been some departures, with Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Carlos and Chris Smalling among those that have left.

However, one player that was touted to depart all summer was Paul Pogba – however when the ecu transfer window point in time passed last night it’s like he’s hanging around.

That wasn’t the Frenchman’s arrange, WHO has expressed that he’s searching for a replacement challenge when simply 3 years at recent Trafford.

And tho’ he possesses his head down since those comments earlier within the summer, his intentions seem to be a similar.
Pogba was seen ‘liking’ a investigate one among his Instagram posts showing to return from a true Madrid fan.

The message said: “Please return to Madrid”, along side the hashtag Hala Madrid.

The action was quickly discovered by United fans on-line and that they are but proud of the previous Juventus man

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