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Manny Pacquiao thanked and apologized to his fans anew after failing to wrest back the World Boxing Association super welterweight belt from Cuban Yordenis Ugas.
In what could be the last fight of his illustrious boxing career, the Filipino suffered a unanimous decision loss against a younger Ugas, who banked on his size and length to dominate Pacquiao.
“Thank you to the fans all around the world who were watching. Thank you to every Filipino that has ever supported me,” Pacquiao wrote on Twitter.
“I’m so proud to represent my country. I’m sorry I could not give you a win, but I did my very best.”
Pacquiao carried the favorite tag against Ugas, who came in as a replacement after original opponent Errol Spence Jr. pulled out from the bout due to an eye injury.
But Ugas proved to be a tough nut to crack as he kept Pacquiao at bay with efficient jabbing and earned the favor of the judges after connecting on an impressive 59% on his power punches.
The 42-year-old Pacquiao also slowed down in the latter rounds, later revealing he had trouble moving after feeling tightness in his legs.
“I wish to congratulate Ugas and his team. Although I hoped for a different outcome, I wish him the best,” Pacquiao wrote.
Despite calls for his retirement, Pacquiao has not decided whether he will hang up his legendary gloves, saying the desire to step inside the ring and face the finest boxers is still there.
“In my heart, I want to fight, I want to continue fighting. But the thing is, I have to consider also my body,” Pacquiao said in the post-fight press conference.
“I have to consider a lot of things, especially my work back in the Philippines,” added the fighting senator. – Rappler.com