Manny Pacquiao has become the WBA Super champion at the age of 40 – outpointing previously undefeated welterweight Keith Thurman in a split decision in Las Vegas.
Thurman was knocked down in the first round but a thrilling fight went the full distance.
The American, 30, had been looking for his 30th straight win.
Two judges scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao, while the other gave it 114-113 to Thurman.
Pacquiao – a world champion at eight weights – was fighting for the 71st time in a stellar career that has seen seven defeats, but with four of those losses coming in his past 11 fights before the meeting with Thurman.
The Filipino – a senator in his homeland – could now face Britain’s Amir Khan. Last week he denied claims that an agreement for a bout in Saudi Arabia was a already in place for November.
Khan claims the bout will take place in Riyadh on 8 November.