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‘I'm sorry we lost tonight, I did my best.’ Pacquiao fails to recapture WBA title

By AYIE LICSI Published Aug 22, 2021 2:33 pm

Yordenis Ugas upsets the crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas after successfully defending his WBA Super Welterweight Championship belt against Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

Although the crowd showed favor toward the Filipino boxing icon, defending champion Ugas landed more punches than Pacman, winning after a unanimous decision.

Scorecards show that it was a close fight, 112-116 in favor of Ugas.

Commentators noted how the 42-year-old Pacquaio, who has a 62-7-2 win-lose-draw record, doesn't have the same spring in his step that he did when he was younger. The veteran boxer still landed fierce jabs against Ugas, retaliating in the latter rounds of the fight.

After the fight, Pacquaio said he had a hard time adjusting to Ugas' body style in the ring. He added that his legs felt tight during the fight, which led him to not move as much. "I'm sorry we lost tonight, I did my best."

Pacquiao has been away from the ring for 25 months. His last fight was against USA's Keith Thurman, where he won the super welterweight title. The belt, however, went to Ugas following Pacman's layoff. Pacquiao was originally set to fight Errol Spence Jr.

Banner photo by Patrick Fallon/AFP