Las Vegas (AP) – Jordenis Ugas beat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night with a unanimous decision to retain his WBA welterweight title with an impressive technical performance 11 days ahead.
Ugas (27-4) angered Pacquiao (67-8-2) in what could be the last battle of the 42-year-old Filipino senator’s career, and he replaced Errol Spence Jr.’s late injury. seized the opportunity.
Ugas, 35, threw about half of Pacquiao’s punch, but his punches were sharper and more effective. Pacquiao was a solid pre-match favorite, while the eight-department world champions struggled to get into Ugas’ effective jab, Ugus put his right hand down to make him more effective in later rounds. ..
âI’m very excited, but most of all I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this moment in this ring today,â Ugas said through a performer. “I only had two weeks of training, but when I heard my corner it went well.”
Two judges scored 116-112 points at Ugas and the third one scored 115-113 points. The Associated Press also scored 116-112 points for Ugas.
Pacquiao, who was visibly disappointed, said he hadn’t decided if he would fight again after an unimpressive performance on his return from his longest leave in a quarter of a century in professional boxing. He has also not confirmed whether he will compete in the Philippine presidential election, as is widely expected. It will announce next month.
âWe rest in front of our family first and make decisions,â Pacquiao said.
The victory is the culmination of a long journey for Ugas, who went into exile from Cuba two years after winning the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. Ugath quit boxing for two years in the middle of the last decade, but was one of the greatest fighters of the time, re-energizing his career and securing his twelfth victory in the last 13 battles. I took advantage of this unexpected blow.
âHe’s a great competitor, but I came here to show that I’m a WBA champion,â Ugas said. “I have a lot of respect for him, but I won this battle.”
Ugas seized the opportunity last week when he was forced to give up after Spence discovered his retina had been torn during a pre-fight physical exam. Ugas had been booked for the game on the undercard, but since leaving Cuba 11 years ago on a small boat for Mexico he has had the biggest spotlight in the sport and the chance of a paycheck. inaccessible. I caught it.
The T-Mobile Arena seemed virtually sold out, despite the delay in changing opponents, with 17,438 spectators screaming behind the Filipino heroes. Even after a long leave at the end of his career, Pacquiao remains a solid draw and a bankable sports star missing from the top two levels.
Ugas had a clear game plan despite the short notice and worked hard in the opening rounds with effective jabs and body shots. Pacquiao was more aggressive and sometimes combined to lift the crowd, but he didn’t quickly find a consistent way to get into the jab.
Ugas’s confidence rose in the middle, with a rebellious shimmy swinging towards Pacquiao, responding to the bell action in the seventh round. Pacquiao, for a long time, threw about twice as many punches as Ugas, but landed in about the same number as Ugas displayed defense and precision against Pacquiao’s activities.
Pacquiao caught Ugath in a combination in the 10th round and knocked him down as the crowd got excited and excited, but Ugath recovered and bounced back with a big blow. Ugas also looked sharp in the 12th round and hit Pacquiao with pepper until the last bell.
Pacquiao has won three straight games since July 2017, but has not fought since losing to Keith Thurman in 2019 to win the WBA welterweight title.
The belt belonged to Ugas at the time of Pac-Man’s return: the WBA removed the belt and won another version of the belt while Pacquiao’s political career and pandemic kept him out of the ring in 2020. WBA Byzantine Championship System which awarded it to Ugas.
The WBA’s decision offended Pacquiao. Pacquiao first rose to Â£ 147 in 2009 and held various welterweight belts for 10 years after stopping Miguel Cotto with arguably his only best performance.
In the undercard to Ugas’ victory at T-Mobile Arena, Robert Guerrero returned from a 23-month absence in the ring, unanimously deciding veteran Victor Ortiz and winning 96-94 on all three cards. . low.
Guerrero, 38 (37-6-1) was strong in the second round and worked hard with a high punch volume to defeat Ortiz, 34 (32-7-3) who had not fought in 42 . Month . Ortiz was charged with multiple sexual assault charges in 2018, but the charges were dismissed late last year.
Filipino featherweight Mark Magsayo (23-0, 16 KOs) maintains his unbeaten record with the spectacular 10-round knockout of Julio Ceja, who was ahead on the three judges’ scorecards. low.
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