Manny Pacquiao Considers Future After Loss To Ugas

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After Cuban Yordenis Ugas pulled off a stunning victory against former champion Manny Pacquiao with a unanimous decision to retain his WBA welterweight world title, the Philippine said he would “make a decision” on his career in the near future.

The judges scored the fight 115-113 116-112 116-112 in favour of Ugas, who controlled the second half of the contest with his jab as  Pacquiao struggled to land his punches on his return to the ring after a two-year absence.

Pacquiao, the only man in boxing history to hold world titles in eight different divisions and one of the greatest boxers of all time, said he is yet to decide if he will call time on his 26-year professional career.

“I don’t know, let’s just see,” said Pacquiao, whose record dropped to 62-8-2. “Let me relax first and make a decision.

“I’m sorry I lost tonight, I did my best but my legs were very tight and that is why I couldn’t move as well as I wanted.”

Pacquiao continued to throw almost twice as many punches as his opponent, but the Cuban was more accurate with his. The crowd was reduced to a nervous silence as the fight headed into the final rounds with no sign of the knockout that Pacquiao needed to come out a winner.

Pacquiao’s ageing legs had nothing more to give as Ugas earned the decision to improve his record to 27-4. Pacquiao also said he would announce next month if he will run for the presidency of the Philippines next year.

 

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