Fans still praise Pacquiao despite losing to Ugas


By J. Jala | 03:07 PM August 22, 2021

Manny Pacquiao is defeated via unanimous decision by Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas, who retains the WBA “Super” Welterweight, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
AFP/Patrick Fallon

Boxing fans were left shocked after world boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao absorbed a defeat via unanimous decision to Cuban Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugas in their WBA welterweight match Saturday, Aug. 21 (Sunday in Manila).

Despite the defeat, Pacquiao still earned praises from fans.

Despite the loss, Pacquiao remained gracious in defeat.

“I congratulate my opponent Yordenis Ugas for making [a] tough [fight] tonight and winning tonight. That’s boxing,” the fighting senator said in the post-match interview.

“Well, I’m so thankful to the fans coming here to witness the fight live. I really appreciate your effort to come here. I’m sorry that we lost tonight but I did my best. I apologize,” he added.

With this defeat, Pacquiao will now banner a 62-8-2 win-loss-draw card where 39 of his victories came from via knockout.

Manny Pacquiao is defeated via unanimous decision by Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas, who retains the WBA “Super” Welterweight, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
AFP/Patrick Fallon

Ugas after the fight said, “I told you, I am the champion of the WBA and I showed it tonight… A lot of respect for [Pacquiao], but I won the fight.”

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