Manny Pacquiao has weighed in on his unanimous decision loss to Yordenis Ugas.
Pacquiao competed for the WBA Welterweight Title last night (Aug. 21). Pacquiao won the WBA gold back in July 2019 but was designated to “Champion in Recess” due to inactivity. Ugas, who had the “Regular” version of the title, was promoted to “Super” champion. The two did battle to determine who is the true WBA titleholder inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the fight, Pacquiao explained to media members what went wrong with his movement against Ugas (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Actually, I know his style. But the thing is, I want to do my plan, but my plans in the ring – I have a lot of techniques for his style. But the thing is, but I’m not saying that this is my excuse, but no, you know, my two legs is cramping. I cannot move. That’s why I can’t move around. I can, in early days I can easily move and out-box him. You know Manny Pacquiao.
“But this time around, it’s like my two legs is tight and hurting me in [the] second round, until 12 rounds. But I’m not making excuses. That’s the reason why I cannot move and I just staying countering him, of his punches. That’s what happened, so that’s boxing. I mean, I’ve done a lot in boxing and I’m happy that we’re safe.”
At the age of 42, Pacquiao is now flirting with retirement. Many believe “PacMan” has bigger fish to fry in the Philippines. He is heavily rumored to be running for President in the country. Pacquiao himself said he doesn’t know if he will return to the ring. One thing’s for sure, Pacquiao’s legacy was cemented long before this past Saturday night.
Do you think it’s time for Manny Pacquiao to hang up his gloves for good?