With Errol Spence bowing out due to a torn retina, Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring against a different opponent in Yordenis Ugas. The Cuban boxer made the most of his golden opportunity, and scored a massive upset in the process.
Ugas, 35, is the younger and more active fighter, as the now 42-year-old Pacquiao competed for the first time in two years. That age and layoff seemed to play a factor as the Filipino legend didn’t look as fast and didn’t react as well as we’re used to seeing.
The bout went the distance, with Ugas looking sharp and picking apart Pacquiao for majority of the fight. Ugas won with the scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
Prior to the bout Pacquiao was stripped of his WBA title due to that inactivity, and Ugas was promoted to “super” champion. That belt was on the line, and if you’re one of the few who care about the complicated nature of all these boxing belts, there’s at least a conclusion on who the “real” WBA champ is.
Check out footage from the boxing main event, along with a snippet from our play-by-play of the contest.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas - Round 12
Is this the final round of Pacquiao’s incredible career? Blocked right by Ugas. Pacquiao got caught by a huge power punch. Ugas really stepping up and landing with as much oomph as possible. Left hand by Pacquiao comes up short. A 1-2 by Ugas. Rare tie-up in this fight after Pacquiao gets clocked again. Uppercut by Ugas. Pacquiao just unable to deal with Ugas’ offense. Under 40 seconds to go. Left hand by Pacquiao. They are going bombs away in the center of the ring. Can Pacquiao pull off a miracle? No he can’t. 118-110 Ugas.
Official result: 115-113, 116-112, 116-112, Yordenis Ugas wins!
Yordenis Ugas def. Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision to retain WBA welterweight title.