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Pacquiao vs. Ugas: Scorecard Results, Complete Punch Stats and Breakdown

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2021

Yordenis Ugas, right, of Cuba, reaches in to hit 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 put on a clinic in the biggest win of his career to date, utilizing a fantastic jab and nullifying Manny Pacquiao's attacks en route to winning by unanimous decision Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The judges scored the bout 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 in favor of Ugas, who was a late replacement for the injured Errol Spence Jr.

Even though the crowd was on Pacquiao's side for most of the fight, CBS Sports' Brian Campbell felt the judges made the right decision: 

Brian Campbell @BCampbell

Shout out to the judges for getting it right. Heck of a performance from Ugas.

Ugas retained the WBA world welterweight title with the win. The belt had been awarded to him after the WBA stripped the title from Pacquiao earlier this year because of inactivity. On Saturday, Ugas showed he was a worthy successor.

Pacquiao, 42, was the far more aggressive fighter, doing everything he could to get into close range and string together combinations. Ugas was steadfast in his approach, controlling distance with the jab and countering with his accurate right hand.

The punch stats reflect those approaches, as CompuBox showed:

CompuBox @CompuBox

Ugas' length, jab & accurate power punching (59% landed) the difference vs. Pacquiao, who landed just 16% of his total punches. Manny landed 19% in his loss to Mayweather. @PBConFOX https://t.co/SfjqaJZ6Ql

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Pacquiao threw twice as many punches as Ugas but was far less accurate. The Cuban did a good job of either blocking the legend's shots or firing off a jab so that he could get back to a more comfortable distance.

Ugas, 35 also picked his spots well, landing 59 percent of his power punches over the 12 rounds. Those power shots became more apparent in the later rounds, when he took advantage of Pacquiao's fatigue and landed repeatedly with his right hand.

According to ESPN Philippines' Carlo Pamintuan, Ugas' performance was a textbook example of how to handle a southpaw like Pacquiao:

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.

This exchange from the third round shows how even when Pacquiao was able to get Ugas on to the ropes, the crafty Cuban was able to create space and move back to the center, as shared by Fox Sports PBC:

FOX Sports: PBC @PBConFOX

Manny Pacquiao is starting to 🔥🔥 up in the 3rd round! Buy #PacquiaoUgas PPV: https://t.co/fEC2fmRrAv https://t.co/7X5ZgI1wtI

Pacquiao did have his moments, such as at the end of the fifth round. Even in those instances, though, Ugas was able to make the most of his punches.

FOX Sports: PBC @PBConFOX

Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas bring the smoke at the end of RD5! 💨 Buy #PacquiaoUgas PPV: https://t.co/fEC2fmRrAv https://t.co/zkGFeHQj6A

Boxing trainer and ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas praised Ugas' strategy and tactics:

Teddy Atlas @TeddyAtlasReal

Timing can beat speed, and counters can work with aggressive fighters, Ugas was well prepared and executed. #PacquiaoUgas


It was a spirited performance from Pacquiao, but he couldn't overcome age and ring rust. His previous fight was more than two years ago, a split-decision win over Keith Thurman, and it seems like some of his speed (both hands and feet) diminished in that time. When asked on the Fox Sports pay-per-view broadcast whether he was planning on retiring after the loss, Pacquiao said "I don't know."

As for Ugas, he's in a good spot to try to put together a lucrative title-unification bout, either against Spence or Terence "Bud" Crawford. He has some name recognition after beating Pacquiao and would be wise to try to capitalize on that as soon as a top-tier opponent becomes available.

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