Ugas stuns Pacquiao to retain WBA welterweight crown
Ugas -- drafted in at the 11th hour after Pacquiao's original opponent Errol Spence Jr. withdrew through injury -- dominated the Filipino icon with his jab and cleaner punching to win on all three cards by 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
Despite original foe, unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., pulling out of the fight on less than two weeks' notice, Manny Pacquiao is still expected to face a difficult challenge when the 42-year-old Filipino icon challenges for Yordenis Ugas' WBA title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Wow Manny Pacquiao really just lost to Ugas 😳🤦🏾♂️ Only If Errol Spence Was To Fight Tonight 🥊🔥🦈 But Ugas Just Pull Off A Big Upset.. Manny Could Beat Thurman But Not Ugas WTFF!!??? 😳😳🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ SMH Pac Man Just Retire Bro 😔😔😔 Amazing Career Tho 💯👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/WxVLE8RcQk— Taylor 💯 (@KingTaylorBih) August 22, 2021
Pacquiao was fighting for the title he won in his last fight when he dropped and outpointed then-unbeaten Keith Thurman in 2019. Ugas, a native of Cuba, moved up from the undercard where he was originally scheduled to defend his title against Fabian Maidana.
Pacquiao was controversially stripped of his WBA title on grounds of “inactivity” earlier this year despite the global disruption to boxing caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The WBA instead handed the belt to Ugas, a fact that upset Pacquiao.
Pacquiao showed his power early with a right hook and two left hands to the side of Ugas’ head.
The 35-year-old Cuban was not throwing as much but more accurate early, using his distance effectively.
At 42 years old and with 71 fights under his belt, Pacquiao has seen it all in the ring and yet Shawn Porter declared in commentary that the Cuban was giving him a “puzzle to solve”.