Boxing: Time To Go-Ugas To Pacquiao


*Edged Out Via a Unanimous 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112 Decision


The Filipino born boxing great, Manny Pacquiao, may finally be on his way out of boxing, the sport that brought him fame fortunes. The message was delivered Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena where his younger Cuban opponent, Yordenis Ugas ended his dream of taking back his WBA belt. Along with the defeat, fans were left in no doubt that it was time for him to call it quits.
In a rather dramatic fashion, Ugas got the unanimous points victory, an upset by every standard, in a night many thought Pacquiao would wrap up victory any which way. But fighting for the first time in two years, evidences began to mount almost as the fight got started that he was ring rusty as the 35 year-old Cuban made him act every inch of his 42 years, all of which appeared to question his presence inside the ring against such a formidable foe.
Stunned by stinging jabs and cleaner punching prowess, Pacquiao ended up losing whatever claim he may had over the WBA welterweight belt earlier gifted to his Ugas. WBA stripped the Filipinos of the title for inactivity.
“I’m very excited but most of all, I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this opportunity in the ring today,” said Ugas, who improves to 27-4 with 12 knockouts. “We only had two weeks of training but I listened to my corner and it all worked out.
I told you I am the champion of the WBA and I showed it tonight. A lot of respect for (Pacquiao), but I won the fight,” Ugas said after the fight.
Ugas was drafted in to face Pacquiao earlier this month after his opponent, Errol Spence Jr. suffered an eye injury in training. The outcome forced Organizers to arrange a viable substitute against the eight-division world champion. As it turned, the Cuban substitute took the opportunity with both hands to win on all three cards, at 115-113 from one judge while other two had it at 116-112.
“That’s boxing. I had a hard time in the ring making adjustments. My legs were tight. I’m sorry I lost tonight, but I did my best,” a deflated Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao, who added that he may not return to the ring, was not altogether, a sitting duck in the course of the bout. Visibly the aggressor almost through the fight, mostly with flurries of punches, only a few of his blows however, made any damaging contact on the the Cuban who tactically deployed well his reach and height in delivering what some commentators described as “crisper punches” that often got the Filipino reeling on his heels.
In particular, Ugas employed his left jabs to jolt Pacquiao severally so much so that adding some powerful rights was all that he needed to wear out the tired Filipino. The Cuban truly found his rhythm when he startled his experienced opponent with a left, right combination in the fifth round before going on to end the sixth with another hard right.
Shouts of “Manny, Manny” from an obviously partisan T-Mobile’s 17,438 crowd could not help matters as Pacquiao, with red marks on the forehead, became a clear that Ugas was bent on forcing a reminder on the old fox that it was time to pack his boxing bag out of the game that brought him both fame and fortunes.

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