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Pacquiao vs Ugas: Pros react to Yordenis Ugas’ upset win, Manny Pacquiao’s possible retirement

Manny Pacquiao may hang up the gloves, but as much love was sent Yordenis Ugas’ way for a deserved win.

Yordenis Ugás v Manny Pacquiao Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

We may have seen the end of the line for Manny Pacquiao tonight, as the legendary fighter was beaten fairly by WBA welterweight titlist Yordenis Ugas.

Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KO) did not say he would retire, and he was still competitive enough to go the 12-round distance, but he also had no real argument for winning, and Manny doesn’t strike anyone as the type of guy who just wants to hang around, and if he can’t beat Ugas (27-4, 12 KO) anymore, it’s hard to imagine him beating Errol Spence Jr or Terence Crawford, either.

If this was it for Manny, he goes out with a dignified effort against a very good fighter, and Manny still looked like a top 10 sort of welterweight out there, but there are certain guys for whom that will not be enough. If Manny Pacquiao can’t convince himself he’s still best in class — and it’d be hard after tonight — would he want to fight on?

Pros who tuned in sent out their thoughts on Manny and, not to lose track of who won, a very strong performance from Yordenis Ugas, who just put himself in line for more huge fights:

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