Yordenis Ugas upsets Manny Pacquiao to retain welterweight belt

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LAS VEGAS — Yordenis Ugas was a 4-1 underdog, according to Bet MGM, coming into his WBA (super) welterweight title defense against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday. Outside of his family, fight team, and people in his native Cuba, not many gave Ugas a chance to win. 

But that is why they get into the ring as Ugas used his power and boxing precision to upset Pacquiao and win by unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 115-113) to retain his belt at the T-Mobile Arena. DAZN News scored the fight 115-113 for Ugas.


"I’m very excited, but I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this moment today," Ugas said in his post-fight interview.

Pacquiao came out on fire with his patent combinations and appeared to have set the tone. Ugas had a different idea in mind. About halfway through the round, Ugas started utilizing the jab to keep Pacquiao at bay and to let the Senator from the Phillippines know that he was here to fight and wasn't going anywhere. 

The tide started to shift in the sixth round for Ugas. Along with the jab, he started blasting Pacquiao with overhand rights that boxing's only eight-division world champion had no answer for. Any time Pacquiao would get close, Ugas would either pop a jab or uncork a power combination. 

Pacquiao had one last gasp in the tenth when he countered an Ugas right and unleashed a flurry to wobble the champion. Pacquiao went for the finish, but Ugas immediately clinched and curbed the slight bit of momentum. 

In the 11th and 12th rounds, Ugas fought the best rounds of his life. He applied constant pressure and rocked Pacquiao on numerous occasions with the overhand right to secure the biggest win of his career. 

What's next for Pacquiao?

Talk of retirement was the central theme coming into Saturday night. But, like he has all of fight week, Pacquiao remained non-committal.

"I don’t know," Pacquaio said in his post-fight interview. "I’m going to go rest and relax. I will make that decision later."

Here is what happened at Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas.



Yordenis Ugas upsets Manny Pacquiao

Ugas def. Pacquiao via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 115-113) to retain the WBA (super) welterweight title. 

A close fight but the right man won. Does Pacquiao retire?

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 12

This could be the final round in the legendary career of Manny Pacquiao. A touch of gloves between the two. A thunderous "Manny" chant. 

A stinging right hand by Ugas to send Pacquiao back. An overhand right sends Pacquiao back to the ropes. A left by Pacquiao but Ugas comes back with a right hand of his own. Another right from Ugas, who is applying the pressure. Hard left by Pacquiao. A right by Ugas. The crowd is on their feet at the horn. (10-9 Ugas, 115-113 Ugas)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 11

A hard right from Ugas. A left lands for Pacquiao. Ugas with a left of his own. A straight from Ugas. A sharp left from Pacquiao. Another big shot from Pacquiao. An uppercut lands for the Senator. An exchange of left hands. A big right sends Pacquiao back a few steps. Another heavy exchange between the two to close out the round. (10-9 Ugas, 105-104 Ugas)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 10

A combination from Pacquiao. Ugas hit a right and then Pacquiao unloaded with another flurry to stagger the Cuban. The crowd is going wild. Pacquiao goes for the finish but Ugas grabs and holds on. A one-two for Pacquiao but Ugas comes back with a three-punch combo. A right to the forehead of Pacquiao. Another right from Ugas but Pacquiao ends the round with a right of his own. (10-9 Pacquiao, 95-95)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 9

Pacquaio went to touch gloves and Ugas proceeds to blast him with a right hand. Crowd chants for Pacquiao and Ugas pushes him down. Yet again, all referee Russell Mora does is issue a warning. Getting a little absurd with the warnings. Needs to deduct a point. 

They exchange jabs. A hard straight left from Pacquiao, who then fires off a combination. (10-9 Pacquiao, 86-85 Ugas)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 8

Ugas begins the round with three straight jabs and then a hard right. A right uppercut to the body for Pacquiao. Hard right hook lands for Ugas. Another right stops Pacquiao in his tracks for a moment. A stinging right hook again for Ugas. A left hook clips Pacquiao's chin. Another right from Ugas to end the round. He's in a good rhythm. What will Pacquiao do to counter? (10-9 Ugas, 77-75 Ugas)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 7

A left jab snaps Pacquiao's head back yet again. A four-punch combination from Pacquiao. Another combination puncuated by a right hand for Ugas. Three-punch combo from Ugas. A right snaps Ugas' head back. Pacquiao needs a few more of those. Pacquiao lands a straight left at the bell which Ugas shakes off and does a little shimmy. (10-9 Ugas, 67-66 Ugas)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 6

More body work from Ugas to begin the sixth. A right sends Pacquiao back to the ropes. A right to the side of Pacquiao's head when he ducked down. A double jab by Ugas. A left hook to the side of Ugas' head by Pacquiao. Stinging right to the body from Ugas. (10-9 Ugas, 57-57)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 5

A left hook over the top connects for Pacquiao. Stinging jab for Pacquiao. A left connects for Pacquiao. A jab and a right for Ugas. Feint Ugas chants. A hard combination by Ugas to send Pacquiao back. Pacquiao comes back with a left over the top. A right hook snaps Pacquiao's head back. A left from Pacquiao to close the round. (10-9 Ugas, 48-47 Pacquiao)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 4

A straight right snaps Pacquiao's head back. Another four-punch combo from Pacquiao. A low blow by Ugas and the referee Russell Mora warns Ugas again. Next time needs to be a point deduction. 

Five-punch combination by Pacquiao. He's getting into a rhythm. Another hard body shot from Ugas. Those will take a toll if he keeps going there. A hard right over the top by Ugas. Straight right hands for Ugas but he does nothing to follow up. Pacquiao doesn't look happy with the continuous low shots as they walk to their respective corners. (10-9 Pacquiao, 39-37 Pacquiao)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 3

Pacquiao begins the third, rushing in with a combination to send Ugas back a step. A jumping left hook from Pacquiao. A right to Pacquiao's head by Ugas. He's doing good job mixing it up. Ugas with two jabs but Pacquiao fires in a quick left hook. A combination by Pacquiao sends Ugas to the ropes. But Ugas comes back with a combo of his own. A four-punch combination from Pacquiao. Ugas comes back with a triple combo of his own. What a round! (10-9 Pacquaio, 29-28 Pacquiao)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 2

Short left from Ugas and Pacquiao comes back with a right of his own. Double jab and a right to the body from Ugas. Right hook lands for Pacquiao. Crisp body shot from Ugas. Hard right from Ugas, who is winning this round on the jab solely. (10-9 Ugas, 19-19)

Pacquiao-Ugas; Round 1

Pacquiao comes right at Ugas with a combination to send him to the ropes. Loud ovation for Pacquiao. Another combination by Pacquiao. Ugas pushes Pacquiao to the ropes and fires a left. A hard right to the body from Ugas. The Cuban fighter starting to pump the jab. Watch out for that as the fight goes on. Three straight jabs from Ugas. As the round winds down, Ugas pushes Pacquiao down. Close round. (10-9 Pacquiao)

Here comes the "Pac-Man"

What a thunderous reaction as boxing's only eight-division world champion makes the walk for what could possibly be the final time. 

Here comes the champion

Yordenis Ugas enters into a pro-Pacquiao crowd to a chorus of boos. 

Time for Pacquiao vs. Ugas

It's time for the main event as Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) challenges Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) for the WBA (super) welterweight title. 

It's not the fight we were expecting but it's the one we got. 

Robert Guerrero wins decision over Victor Ortiz in close fight

Guerrero def. Ortiz via unanimous decision (96-94, 96-94, 96-94). 

A hard fight to score. Just depends on how you view a fight. Guerrero threw more but Ortiz landed the harder punches. The judges liked the volume of Guerrero, who now has won four in a row. 

Guerrero keeps himself on the fringe of things in the welterweight division, which is the deepest in boxing.

Hard to see what you do with Ortiz at this point. He's 34 and has lost three of his last four contests. At this stage, he's a gatekeeper and nothing more. 

Crowd pops back up for Manny Pacquiao

The boos didn't last long as Pacquiao was shown on the big screen for an overwhelming ovation. 

Crowd not happy

A loud chorus of boos rain down in the T-Mobile Arena with the clock ticking down in the eighth round. Not much went on in the last three minutes. Guerrero and Ortiz need to up the output or the crowd is going to continue to let them know how they feel about their performance.

Close fight through seven

Guerrero and Ortiz are fighting in the proverbial phone booth going into the eighth round. A lot of battling for position with each guy landing short shots in the pocket. Ortiz's punches look to have a tad more sting and it shows as Guerrero has a mouse under his left eye. Interesting to see how these last rounds play out. 

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