The last chapter of Manny Pacquiao’s ring odyssey deserves a fitting ending. Not a shock defeat to Yordenis Ugas.
Chief trainer Buboy Fernandez gave this reason on Monday, August 23 (Tuesday, August 24, Manila time), as to why he believes Pacquiao shouldn’t hang up his gloves yet.
“You don’t let a legendary career end just like that,” Fernandez said in Filipino. “Losing to someone who’s hardly known. If that’s the case, all your hard work would go for naught. Your being world champion [is] gone.”
Fernandez, who worked Pacquiao’s corner with Freddie Roach when the eight-division world champion lost to Ugas in their battle for the World Boxing Association super welterweight crown, then paused.
“But still it will be up to the senator to decide.”
Fernandez then reiterated what happened in the ring.
“I was always asking him if his feet were okay. And he told me his legs were cramping. Meaning, he couldn’t move as he used to.”
According to Fernandez, they agreed to let Freddie man the corner up to the fourth round although he was the head coach.
When Pacquiao’s legs started cramping in the second and third rounds, Fernandez could hardly control himself.
“In the fourth round I told Freddie I would come in, but he told me the commission must be informed first.
“It was then I decided to come up because I knew my friend was in trouble and I couldn’t wait for their decision.
“When I went down, Roach confronted me and said I wanted his job. I replied, ‘No, you are the one.’
“In the later rounds, Manny was asking me if we were ahead and I told him, ‘We’re ahead but it’s being taken away.’
“By the 10th and 11th, I said, ‘Don’t trust the judges, let’s be aggressive and go for it.'”
Even if Pacquiao tried, however, his body didn’t respond.
In the dugout, Fernandez was seen in tears.
“He (Pacquiao) asked me, ‘Why are you crying?’ I said, ‘Because you don’t listen to me. At least listen to me sometimes.'”
Fernandez cited as an example the time when Pacquiao insisted on running at the University of Nevada Las Vegas last Thursday, August 19, despite his advice not to do it.
Fernandez said he would talk to Pacquiao on Wednesday, August 25, and ask the boxing icon about his plans.
Whatever Pacquiao decides, Fernandez will back him up.
“No amount of money could approximate my gratitude to this person (Pacquiao).” – Rappler.com