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HIGHLIGHTS: Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas fight

Delfin Dioquino
HIGHLIGHTS: Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas fight

Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions (Manny Pacquiao) and Yordenis Ugas Instagram page (Yordenis Ugas)

Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions (Pacquiao), Ugas' Instagram page

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao suffers a stunning loss to last-minute foe Yordenis Ugas as he fails to reclaim the WBA super welterweight title
Pacquiao falls to Ugas

Manny Pacquiao failed to reclaim the World Boxing Association super welterweight belt he once owned after a unanimous decision loss to Yordenis Ugas in the main event.

Pacquiao had trouble finding an opening against the defensive-minded Ugas, who scored his points off continuous jabs and big right overhand punches to the head.

All judges scored the bout in favor of Ugas, 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.

(READ: Major upset: Pacquiao falls to last-minute foe Ugas)

Magsayo stays unbeaten with KO win

Filipino Mark Magsayo propelled himself to world title contention as he remained undefeated in 23 fights with a brilliant knockout win over Mexican Julio Ceja in the undercard.

Magsayo endured a beating from a tank-like Ceja before he found his opening in the 10th round, putting the former world champion to sleep with a vicious right straight.

The rising star from Bohol will contend for the World Boxing Council featherweight title held by American Gary Russell Jr.

(READ: Mark Magsayo puts Mexican to sleep in Pacquiao-Ugas undercard)

Dato suffers maiden loss

Filipino John Dato failed to keep his unbeaten record spotless after sustaining the first loss of his professional career at the hands of Mexican Angel Antonio Contreras in the preliminary card.

The favorite going into the bout, Dato saw his win-loss-draw record drop to 14-1-1 as Contreras pulled off a unanimous decision win in their eight-round featherweight duel.

Contreras hiked his record to 11-4-2.

Preview

Whether Manny Pacquiao can still hold his own will be put to the test as he tangles with World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas in the US on Saturday, August 21 (Sunday, August 22, Manila time).

The Filipino icon is determined to reclaim the world title he once owned after the WBA stripped it off him earlier this year due to inactivity and rewarded it to Ugas.

It will be the first fight in more than two years for Pacquiao, who wants to prove that he remains a dominant force at 42 years old, and possibly, set himself up for bigger bouts.

Pacquiao was supposed to face World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, but the unbeaten American pulled out due to an eye injury.

Ugas then replaced Spence, with the 35-year-old Cuban looking to propel himself to stardom with an upset over the only eight-division world champion in the sport.

The fight, which will be staged at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is scheduled at approximately 11:30 am (Manila time).

Boxing pundits, fans see Ugas as threat even to Pacquiao politics

Cuban Yordenis Ugas has the potential of altering Manny Pacquiao’s future in politics as they face each other in a Las Vegas ring on Sunday, August 22.

There should be no room for complacency on the Filipino boxing icon’s part because the younger Ugas is hungry, and motivation makes him a dangerous opponent, local boxing analysts and aficionados agree.

Read more here.

Ugas promises to give Pacquiao a tight fight

Yordenis Ugas was at the right place, at the right situation, at the right moment to merit the title clash with Manny Pacquiao.

“I’ve hit my stride and I just don’t believe I can be stopped by Manny. I have prepared for 12 hard rounds,’ said Ugas.

Read more here.

Roach sees Pacquiao KO victory in round 6

Freddie Roach wants Manny Pacquiao’s job done in the sixth round. No more, no less.

And for Pacquiao to be able to knock Ugas out, Roach has ordered the eight-division world champion to go for a “quick start” when they clash for the World Boxing Association super welterweight crown

Read more here.

– Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.