The dust has settled in Las Vegas, and Yordenis Ugas is still the WBA welterweight titleholder, beating Manny Pacquiao by fair and clean unanimous decision.
Judges had the fight 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112 for Ugas, who at 35 scores a career-changing victory on short notice, replacing Errol Spence Jr under two weeks ahead of fight night.
Bad Left Hook scored the fight 116-112 for Ugas on two separate cards.
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Ugas (27-4, 12 KO) thanked Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KO) for the opportunity, and said he was a great competitor, but that Ugas was the better man on the night, which everyone pretty much agrees with.
Ugas, 35, gave the 42-year-old Pacquiao fits with both his jab and a looping right hand, which had a home from early in the fight and was a key weapon throughout. And there’s no question that this was an older Manny Pacquiao, who just didn’t have the energy and legs that he did even a couple of years ago, when he last fought.
“That’s boxing. I think that was the problem for me, I didn’t make adjustments right away,” Pacquiao said. “And my legs were tight. It was hard to move. I’m sorry that we lost tonight, but I did my best.”
Asked if he would fight again, Pacquiao replied, “I don’t know. Let me rest first and relax and make a decision if I’ll continue to fight or not.” Asked if he would run for President in the Philippines, he was similarly non-committal, saying he wasn’t sure.
Ugas, of course, will definitely go on.
“The plan is to unify,” Ugas said via interpreter. “(Spence) is next on the list that I want to fight, but most of all I am praying that he recuperates.”