PAcquiao went on to win the title fight via a split decision.
"Hopefully it could be the Manny Pacquiao fight, we have both signed and the fight is done and hopefully he gets past his fight on the weekend then we go and do that fight".
Two judges scored the fight 115-112 in favour of the eight-division world champion, with the other finding in favour of American Thurman, 114-113.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Elmer Lim, one of Pacquiao's fans, said noticed that Pacquiao despite his age had not showed any signs of slowness in his movements, but he had to applaud Thurman for fighting well. "He's a good boxer". Pacquiao reversed the momentum in the 10th with a series of big shots, including a punch to the body that sent Thurman stumbling away in obvious pain. I want to thank everybody for coming out.
However, the fight could have been over in the very first round. "This guy is a warrior".
Thurman, 30, a native of Florida, had come into the match undefeated.
"I knew it was close", Thurman said. At one point, Thurman took his mouthpiece out to try and get some air back into his lungs.
"This was a attractive night of boxing". I felt like he was getting a little bit exhausted, but he did have experience in the ring.
In total, Pacquiao threw 686 punches and landed 195, while Thurman unleashed 571 punches and connected 210, according to CompuBox. Here's how you can watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman online.
"The fight just flew by. I think I'm just blessed tonight".
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.
"Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is the flawless product of humility, hard-work and perseverance".
Thurman calmed things down, taking the middle rounds of the fight.
After graciously congratulating Pacquiao, Thurman called for a rematch. He knocked Pacquiao back with a hard one-two combination, a straight right to the face, followed by a left hook.
That appeared to stem the tide, as Pacquiao cruised to the finish.