By Max Schramm: WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford was seeing purple final Saturday night time in watching a future huge payday in opposition to Manny Pacquiao go completely down the drain with him shedding to WBA Tremendous World welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) had been ready/hoping to battle Pacquiao for the final eight years, and all these wasted hopes evaporated in a single day final weekend with the 42-year-old Filipino celebrity being soundly crushed by the unheralded Cuban fighter Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) on the T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.
Crawford ought to have gotten a battle in opposition to Pacquiao a very long time in the past once they have been each signed with Prime Rank. Finally, it might have been a simple one to make if Pacquiao was concerned with that battle.
Manny making excuses after his loss
Pacquiao was fast to make excuses after the battle, blaming his defeat on his legs cramping up within the second spherical. Additional, Pacquiao mentioned he overtrained and would have crushed Ugas if not for his legs gave him issues.
We noticed of the battle, although, that Pacquiao was having issues even in spherical one, and it didn’t matter how a lot he moved across the ring. He was all the time in vary of the Cuban. Ugas was capable of nail Pacquiao with pictures utilizing his lengthy attain, inflicting him to hesitate.
“Seems like @ErrolSpenceJr gone want me, in spite of everything, although😁. “I do know you have been actually mad about that battle final night time as a result of I used to be 🤣🤣🤣, however not in a hating manner, simply in a missed alternative manner.
“Don’t beat your self up about it. Get properly, Champ🤝,” mentioned Terence Crawford on Twitter after watching Pacquiao lose to Ugas.
Spence, greater than anybody, is the man that watched his hoped-for battle with Pacquiao down in flames final Saturday night time.
In spite of everything, Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) was the one which was purported to have been combating Pacquiao final weekend, if not for an eye fixed damage he sustained in coaching camp.
As Spence’s coach Derrick James mentioned after watching Pacquiao lose to Ugas, ‘what’s the purpose’ in making an attempt to battle the Filipino star now? Spence received’t get any credit score if he beats Pacquiao, and the boxing public received’t need to see that proper now.
It’s humorous how they walked @YordenisUgas into saying battle a injured man🤔 now they already tying to place that battle within the media. Makes me assume somewhat bit?🤣🤣 they play a grimy sport don’t they.
— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) August 22, 2021
I feel what Crawford is speaking about is that Ugas was lured into speaking about Pacquiao not being 100% for the battle because of his legs cramping, which stored him from getting the total credit score that he in any other case ought to have obtained for the victory.
Spence would have knocked Pacquiao out
“It’s about timing, not about pace,” mentioned Spence’s coach Derrick James to Fighthype in reacting to Ugas’ win over Pacquiao.
“For those who can time him and he preserve Pacquiao offbeat, [you can beat him. [Yordenis] Stored him off steadiness, and he stored hitting him to the physique, and Pacquiao didn’t need to interact him.
“I feel Errol’s a extra vicious puncher, and he in all probability would’ve knocked him [Pacquiao] out,” mentioned James.
“What’s the purpose of [Errol fighting Manny Pacquiao) now?” said James in remarking that there’s no reason for Errol to fight Manny after watching him lose to Ugas.
It doesn’t sound like Pacquiao will continue his career after this loss. The only way Pacquiao could come back is to fight Yordenis in a rematch at this point, and he didn’t sound overly excited about wanting to return to the ring when speaking at the post-fight press conference.
Assuming Spence does come back from his eye injury, his only hope for big money fights at 147 is to take on Yordenis first in a unification match and then face Crawford for the undisputed championship.
If Ugas fights the way he did last Saturday, he could give Spence a lot of trouble and might even beat him.