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'I think my next fight will probably be next year because I am busy this year, ' Pacquiao told Fox Sports in his post-fight ring interview.

The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) has expressed felicitations to Senator Manny Pacquiao on his victory in the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title Sunday (Philippine time) against American Keith Thurman.

The 30-year-old had been looking for his 30th straight win.

Manny Pacquiao came out victorious over a tough fight with Keith Thurman for the WBA super world welterweight title.

Pacquiao who is a devout Christian and one who is not ashamed of his faith said that he believed God gave him a platform to display his talent and gift to fight. Thurman who is 10 years younger had talked thrash to Pacquiao in the lead up to the fight.

Pacquiao was fighting for the 71st time in his incredible career that has seen seven defeats, four of those losses coming in his past 11 fights before the meeting with Thurman.

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Thurman started to bleed from his nose in the fifth round and looked beaten but he recovered in the middle of the fight to win several rounds and shake Pacquiao's confidence.

The Filipino could now face Britain's Amir Khan, though last week he denied claims that an agreement for a bout in Saudi Arabia was a already in place for November.

Roach, who began training Pacquiao in mid-2001, said "the last thing I want to happen is he gets hurt".

"I wish I had a bit more output to go toe-to-toe". I felt like he was getting a little bit exhausted, but he did have experience in the ring.

Manny Pacquiao may be 40, but he showed Saturday night that he's not over the hill. I'd love to have the fight but if it's not on then it will be someone else.

Pacquiao later wrote in his autobiography: "Even though he had no formal training, we both took it seriously and knew that we were going to be champions one day".

  • Lawrence Cooper