Pacquiao vs. Ugas Results: Best Twitter Reaction from Superfight

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2021

Yordenis Ugas, of Cuba, hits Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in a welterweight championship boxing match Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Yordenis Ugas stunned the boxing world with his win over the iconic Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao was originally supposed to fight Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF and WBC world welterweight titles, but Spence had to pull out because of an eye injury. Ugas stepped in on short notice and used a stiff jab, great counterpunching and sharp defense to earn a unanimous-decision victory over Pacquiao to retain his WBA welterweight title.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Yordenis Ugás defeats Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision 🔥 #PacquiaoUgas https://t.co/GCpSmn5YXU

The judges scored the bout 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 in favor of Ugas. NBA superstar Damian Lillard felt they made the right call:

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard

Love both fighters… but Ugas won that fight. Congrats

The Philippine Star tweeted a note of support for Pacquiao:

The Philippine Star @PhilippineStar

YOU ARE STILL OUR CHAMP!  “The Olympian” overpowered “The Legend.”  Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas defended his WBA super welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday. #PacquiaoUgas https://t.co/ernmQvrDUy

Fox Sports' commentator Skip Bayless thought Pac-Man might have a chance on the cards because he was the more active fighter:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Ugas wins narrowly. I thought Manny would win in the judges eyes because he THREW SO MANY MORE PUNCHES, 800-400.

Pacquiao's work rate was impressive considering he's 42 and was more than two years removed from his most recent fight, a split-decision win over Keith Thurman. He tried to throw punches in bunches and work his way inside on Ugas, but the latter held his ground, commanding the center of the ring with his jab and an increasingly potent right hand.

American boxer Regis Prograis noted that Pacquiao was taking some hard shots during the fight:

Rougarou @RPrograis

Pacquiao is getting hit with some hard clean shots. Win or lose this should probably be his last fight. #PacquiaoUgas

ESPN Philippines' Carlo Pamintuan loved what he was seeing from Ugas:

Carlo Pamintuan @carlo_pamintuan

All Ugas did was textbook orthodox vs southpaw strategy. Double jab, right straight. He threw in uppercuts here and there but he was disciplined enough to stick to the game plan.

Based on this tweet, it seems like Spence was wishing he could have been in the ring Saturday night:

Errol Spence @ErrolSpenceJr

Man 🥺

Ugas was an underdog coming into the bout, but you couldn't tell that from the way he fought. He looked calm and confident in his game plan despite only having a couple of weeks to prepare for Pacquiao. After securing the win, former boxer and current analyst Andre Ward suggested the Cuban could have a big payday ahead of him:

Andre S.O.G. Ward @andreward

The judges did the right thing !!! Happy for Ugas. Humble beginnings. Family man. Great fighter ! Now pay that man !!!!

The big question for Pacquiao was whether he would retire after the loss. His legs and footwork weren't up to his usual standard against Ugas, and he's also reportedly considering a run for president in the Philippines.

"I don't know. Let me relax and make a decision," he said when asked about retiring after the bout, per TalkSport's Michael Benson.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports and Bayless reacted to the possibility of Pacquiao calling it quits after 26 years in professional boxing:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

If that was Manny Pacquiao's last fight, I want to thank him for never ducking dangerous opponents and ALWAYS COMPETING WITH ALL HIS HEART AND SOUL.

Kevin Iole @KevinI

Hard to imagine Pac fighting again. It would not have been pretty had that been Spence in front of him. He's had a great great career. This should be it, I'd say. H'es walking to dressing room now as crowd roars.

If this is it for Pacquiao, he can walk away with pride. He's the only eight-division champion in boxing history and once held world titles across four weight classes at one time. He's a surefire Hall of Famer, one of the best to ever do it. This loss doesn't change any of that.

For Ugas, he should be angling for a unification fight with either Spence or Terence "Bud" Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion. Spence might have a long recovery from his eye injury, but Crawford would be a compelling option. If those fights can't be made, Ugas can rest assured there will be a solid challenger awaiting in the 147-pound division.


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