Pacquiao v Ugas ends in a Loss for the Pacman
Originally, this fight in Las Vegas’ T-mobile arena was destined to become a celebration of the Legacy of Acclaimed Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao. There is no doubt among the masses that Manny was a certified champion spanning decades. Yet, the match did not unfold that way. After Errol Spence was unable to compete due to a detached retna, Ugas took the spot fighting in the Pacquiao v Ugas match.
Yordenis Ugas made it clear that he was not here to provide fanservice to the legendary boxer. Outside the ring, Ugas had nothing but love and respect for 42 year old, elder fighter. But inside, it was all business.
Short Notice Did Not Effect Ugas Performance
Despite, not being the original slated fighter, Ugas was grateful for the chance to face Pacquiao.
“I’m very excited, but most of all, I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this moment in this ring today.”
Yet, the respect and admiration Ugas had for Pacquiao was not going to get in the way from his own victory. Because, Ugas was not planning to hold back any punches. Ugas, who accepted the assignment on 11 days’ notice, claimed victory on unanimous decision Saturday night to retain his WBA “super” welterweight title.
Results, Judges Score for Pacquiao v Ugas
In regards to Pacquiao v Ugas, all three judges scored the fight for Ugas: 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112. Furthermore, ESPN had it 116-112 to confirm victory for Ugas. Considered the underdog, Ugas won as a +310.
Last night, Pacquiao left the ring with two cuts on his eye. Both required stitches but his injuries did not break his stride or his demeanor. All smiles, he turned to the crowd thanking them for their support,
“I’m thankful for the fans…I’m sorry we lost tonight but I did my best. I hope that in my more than 20 years was you find some enjoyment.”
With regards to the result of the fight, Pacquiao v Ugas, and loss, he responded with, “That’s boxing.” While, many speculate on his potential retirement, Pacquiao gave no indication that his decision was going one way or the other. But when pressed about the possibility of running for President of the Phillipines, he responded with, “I want to help the people.”