The Filipino still has ambitions to lure Floyd Mayweather Jr out of retirement for a money-spinning rematch.
Yet the division remains on fire without ‘Money’, with the winner here likely to fight the winner of Errol Spence Jr vs Shawn Porter. Stay with us for all the updates and reaction from Las Vegas.
The judges give it super wide to Ugas: All three hand it to the Cuban 119-107
Now it’s time for the main event!
Pacquiao and Thurman have sold out the MGM Grand Garden tonight with 14,356 fans packed into the arena.
Ugas cruising to a shot at the WBC belt, held by Porter, who Ugas pushed so close before.
But Porter will face Spence Jr first, with the winner to be pushed into a mandatory against the Cuban.
Ugas still in control, Figueroa looks to weather the storm, but there will be no way back.
Pacquiao and Roach on the pads backstage.
Ugas is about to hand Figueroa a BIG first defeat of his career.
A monster performance from the Cuban, who has too much volume, accuracy and power.
Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr is loving his newfound fame and mixing with some legends of the sport.
Ugas coasting here.
Figueroa is in big trouble and can’t get any sustained success.
The Cuban looks well on his way to victory, with Floyd Mayweather joining the stars at ringside.
Kawahi Leonard among the big stars in attendance in Vegas.
The Los Angeles Clipper, who inspired the Toronto Raptors to the title just weeks ago, is the talk of the NBA right now after his free agency decision sent waves around the league.
Figueroa is down!
Ugas with a devastating straight right that sends Figueroa sprawling.
It’s raining straight right hands in the opener and Figueroa is shell-shocked.
Andy Ruiz Jr is in the house!
The new world heavyweight champion joins his compatriot and fellow champion Deontay Wilder on the broadcast for tonight.
Here’s the co-feature: Yordenis Ugas vs Omar Figueroa.
This should be interesting, Ugas was unfortunate vs Shawn Porter last time out, dropping a SD.
Figueroa is unbeaten, yet very inactive, having fought twice since 2015.
A nice touch in Vegas as the 10 bell salute sounds in honour of the legendary Pernell Whitaker.
Whitaker died last week after a car accident.
The Hall of Fame fighter has been fondly remembered over the last week as one of the all-time greats.
Thuman receiving a massage.
Currently face down on the carpet, contemplating life, perhaps?
Hands wrapped and ready, has he shaken off the knocks that have plagued his career?
Lipinets vs Crawford?
With Terence finding it tricky to find opponents and Spence Jr, Porter, and the winner of tonight locked up, it might not be the worst idea.
Sergey Lipinets with a stunning knockout.
He sends Jayar Ipson face first to the canvas. That’s a brutal stoppage.
A left-right trap lures him in, and then a devastating left hook wipes out the Filipino.
The Pacman has fought 24 different world champions as a professional.
A staggering number of top quality opponents throughout a legendary career.
Thurman has fought just 30 times in total.
Thurman is having his hands wrapped.
He looks cool and relaxed.
A huge night for ‘One Time’, can he regain his best form in time to take down and end Pacquiao’s time at the top?
Meanwhile, Luis Nery and Juan Carlos Payano are involved in a mini war for the WBC Silver bantamweight title.
Nery has been highly touted as one of Mexico’s next big stars.
Earlier tonight there was a big card at The O2 in London, where Dillian Whyte battled to a big win over Oscar Rivas.
The Colombian put the Body Snatcher down in the ninth round, but the Londoner prevailed.
He is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.
Welcome to Indy Sport’s live coverage of the big fight from Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao, at 40 years old, looks to roll back the years and hand Keith Thurman his first loss of his career.
We’ll have round-by-round coverage and all the build-up for you right here.
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Pacquiao is looking forward to Thurman promising to trade with him with an aggressive style.
“That’s good because I’m small,” a laughing Pacquiao told a group of reporters at MGM Grand. “He’s big, so it’s good for him.”
“If he gets me down, he better have me out because I’m coming,” Thurman said. “I wanna trade with Pacquiao.
“Because like [late trainer] Ben Getty used to tell me, ever since I was 13, 14 years old, ‘I don’t care who it is, boy!
“You hit him with eight-ounce gloves, oh, they gonna do a pretty, little dance.’ Manny Pacquiao’s no different.”