By: Hans Themistode
On its face, all the pieces seemed to be the identical.
Regardless of the start certificates of Manny Pacquiao amassing appreciable extra mud, the 42-year-old gave the impression to be in terrific form. The laborious work that the previous eight-division world champion endured throughout an extended and arduous coaching camp, was evident the second he eliminated his shirt throughout Friday’s weigh-ins.
With a chiseled physique and the entire confidence on the earth, Pacquiao appeared sure that he would dethrone Yordenis Ugas and reclaim his WBA welterweight title. Nonetheless, as their showdown was underway, issues by no means went the best way Pacquiao envisioned it.
The long run first-ballot Corridor of Famer struggled with the persistent jab of Ugas, in addition to his inside work. By way of 12 rounds, Pacquiao stood stoically as all three judges scoring their contest from T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas, Nevada, gave the sting to the 35-year-old Cuban.
Instantly following his defeat, Pacquiao reluctantly answered when requested what precisely went mistaken. Whereas he did his greatest not to remove from the victory of Ugas, Pacquiao additionally supplied perception to an harm that prohibited him from taking cost within the ring.
“I’m not saying that is my excuse however my two legs had been cramping,” mentioned Pacquiao. “That’s why I can not transfer round.”
If Pacquiao was, the truth is, hampered, Ugas took full benefit. The previous Olympic bronze medalist utilized fixed stress all through however remained disciplined behind the jab. Though Pacquiao tried to make up for his lack of motion with excessive quantity, throwing greater than double the variety of punches of his opponent, 815-405, Ugas traded in a excessive work fee for effectivity.
The Cuban product was more practical in each division. He landed 21.4% of his jabs as in comparison with the 8.8% of Pacquiao. He additionally had the sting in energy punches. Not solely did he outland Pacquiao 101-88, however his percentages in that space far overshadowed that of Pacquiao, 59.1% to 25.9%.
No matter Pacquiao pointing a blaming finger within the path of what he describes as “cramps” he appeared cautious of how he got here throughout.
Because the Filipino senator paused to seek out his phrases, he seemingly flashed again to the times when points resembling cramps, had been nonexistent. With the curtain name on his profession probably upon us, Pacquiao juxtaposed what would have occurred if this battle occurred roughly a decade in the past.
“In my early days, I can simply transfer and outbox him. This time round, it’s like my two legs had been tight and hurting me within the second spherical till the twelfth spherical. I’m not making excuses however that’s the explanation why I can’t transfer.”