Fight sports activities are notoriously merciless to fighters that stick round too lengthy, and that’s simply as true for legends and GOATs as it’s for easy journeymen. On Saturday night time, 42 yr previous Manny Pacquiao confirmed his age in a choice loss to 35 yr previous Yordenis Ugas, who retained his WBA welterweight title.
Pacquiao began out robust however misplaced steam within the second half of the struggle, resulting in a 115-113 116-112 116-112 scorecard. Ugas used his lengthy attain and jab to maintain the aggressive Pacquiao at bay, touchdown quite a few huge proper fingers that overshadowed Manny’s much less efficient quantity. It was a transparent minimize win that had many questioning Pacquiao’s combating future … “Pac-Man” included.
“Sooner or later, you may not see Manny Pacquiao once more struggle within the ring,” Pacquiao mentioned through the put up struggle press convention (via Bloody Elbow). “I don’t know. However for what number of a long time, I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved in boxing. I contributed a document and introduced boxing to the highest, and particularly, introduced honor to my nation, the Filipino folks.”
“Whether or not there’s a handbag or not, in my coronary heart, I need to struggle. I need to proceed combating. However the factor is, I even have to contemplate my physique. I’ve to contemplate my work (as a politician) again in my nation. There are a whole lot of issues I want to perform and to assist folks. And I need to be an inspiration to all of the folks.”
Pacquiao is 5-2 over the previous 5 years, hardly a horrible document. However when you could have spent as a lot time on the very high of the game, every loss is a blemish on a legacy … one which Pacquiao is hoping is sufficient to see him become president of the Philippines in the future.
Pacquiao additionally elaborated on his post-fight feedback relating to issues together with his legs.
“I’m not saying that is my excuse, however each of my legs had been cramping,” he mentioned. “That’s why I couldn’t transfer round. Within the early days (of my profession), I might simply transfer and outbox him. However this time round, it was like my two legs had been tight and hurting me within the second spherical till the twelfth spherical. My thoughts and my coronary heart had been 100%, however my legs had been cramping.”
“An excessive amount of arduous work, coaching,” he urged as a wrongdoer. “I ran within the mountains and did 32 rounds (within the health club) day by day. I don’t know. However we’re not younger anymore.”
As for Ugas, he has designs on turning into the subsequent unified welterweight champion.
“Now the plan is to unify the title,” Ugas declared within the ring following his victory. “Everybody mentioned he was the champion, now they know who the true champion is.”