Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Yordenis Ugas is pictured through the twelfth spherical of a world welterweight championship bout towards Manny Pacquiao T-Cellular Area. Obligatory Credit score: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports activities
August 22, 2021
(Reuters) – Cuban Yordenis Ugas pulled off a surprising victory over 42-year-old former champion Manny Pacquiao with a unanimous determination to retain his WBA welterweight world title in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The judges scored the struggle 115-113 116-112 116-112 in favour of Ugas, who managed the second half of the competition together with his jab because the extra aggressive Pacquiao struggled to land his punches on his return to the ring after a two-year absence.
Pacquiao, the one man in boxing historical past to carry world titles in eight completely different divisions and one of many biggest boxers of all time, stated he’s but to resolve if he’ll name time on his 26-year skilled profession.
“I don’t know, let’s simply see,” stated Pacquiao, whose file dropped to 62-8-2. “Let me chill out first and decide.
“I’m sorry I misplaced tonight, I did my finest however my legs have been very tight and that’s the reason I couldn’t transfer in addition to I needed.”
Pacquiao was initially slated to struggle WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, however a retinal tear within the American’s left eye pressured him to withdraw https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/spence-withdraws-pacquiao-fight-with-torn-retina-2021-08-10, with Ugas agreeing to step in at brief discover.
Ugas had been elevated to WBA tremendous champion after Pacquiao was stripped of the belt due to inactivity, as he had not fought since July 2019, and the Filipino seemed determined to get it again.
The clear favorite of the 17,438 followers on the T-Cellular Area, southpaw Pacquiao got here out aggressively within the early rounds together with his trademark pace and mixtures.
Ugas’s lengthy attain enabled him to maintain the previous champion at arm’s size, nonetheless, and his jab was proving an efficient, if not fight-winning, weapon.
Pacquiao continued to throw nearly twice as many punches as his opponent, however the Cuban was extra correct together with his, and there was loads of sting within the huge rights he was beginning to land excessive.
The group was diminished to a nervous silence because the struggle headed into the ultimate rounds with no signal of the knockout that Pacquiao wanted to come back out a winner.
In the end, although, Pacquiao’s ageing legs had nothing extra to offer and Ugas, a bronze medallist on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, earned the choice to enhance his file to 27-4.
“Now the plan is to unify the title,” Ugas, 35, stated within the ring by way of a translator. “Everybody stated he was the champion, now they know who the actual champion is.”
Pacquiao additionally stated he would announce subsequent month if he’ll run for the presidency of the Philippines subsequent 12 months. He had obtained a message of help from incumbent Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
“The boxing icon’s loss in Las Vegas wouldn’t diminish the honours he bestowed to our nation and the enjoyment he gave to our folks,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated in a press release.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; extra reporting by Karen Lema; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez and William Mallard)