By Keith Idec
LAS VEGAS – Keith Thurman attended a post-fight press conference late Saturday night as if he had been beaten up.
The former WBA welterweight welterweight's face was injured, marked and swollen with his grueling fight with Manny Pacquiao. He was knocked down in the first round, bleeding heavily on the fifth lap and holding a painful body shot in the tenth round.
Pacquiao looked better, but made it clear that he too had been savagely treated to a decision in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The newly crowned champion announced he was not hit as hard as Thurman since he fought against Antonio Margarito in November 2010.
Mexico's Margarito stood five inches taller than the Philippine Pacquiao in his 1
"He is very tough, Pacquiao said. "He's young, I can say he's stubborn, a man who's not dealing with other enemies I've faced before, this guy can fight, he has a lot – you know, his trip [does] does not end tonight, he has a lot of future to fight. "
Pacquaio was particularly impressed with Thurman's willingness to trade and the apparent fighting spirit of his opponent.
"This guy is a warrior," Pacquiao said. "I can say that because I've fought many opponents and this guy is stubborn, man, it's the kind of opponent you should not underestimate."
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) has He has fought 11 different opponents since awarding him the WBC super welterweight title to Margarito, but Juan Manuel Marquez beat Pacquiao unconscious in December 2012, but he can not remember being beaten harder than Thurman (29-1). 22 KOs, 1 NC) since he met Margarito.
"Keith hits like Margarito," Pacquiao said, "Margarito is stubborn, but I think it's because he was too big for me. That's why I feel cumbersome [Margarito’s].
Keith Idec is a senior author / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter at @Idecboxing.