Manny Pacquiao (left) final fought in July 2019
Manny Pacquiao misplaced on his return to the ring after a two-year absence as Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas upset the chances to win by unanimous choice and retain his WBA (tremendous) welterweight title.
Ugas was solely drafted in on 10 August for the Las Vegas battle to exchange the injured Errol Spence Jr.
It was Pacquiao’s first bout since beating Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight title in July 2019.
“Sooner or later, it’s possible you’ll not see Manny Pacquiao battle within the ring,” he mentioned.
Pacquiao, 42, additionally instructed ESPN he was “enthusiastic about retirement” and he was “60-40” in favour of quitting.
The eight-division world champion now has a has a document of 62 wins, eight defeats and two attracts.
Reflecting on his defeat, he mentioned: “That is boxing.
“I had a tough time within the ring making changes. My legs have been tight. I am sorry I misplaced tonight, however I did my finest.”
Pacquiao, who’s a serving politician in his native Philippines, was stripped of the WBA title in January due to inactivity.
Ugas beat Abel Ramos for the vacant WBA common welterweight title in September 2020 earlier than being elevated to WBA tremendous champion after Pacquiao was stripped of the belt.
The 35-year-old had been getting ready to make his first title defence in opposition to Fabian Maidana, however was promoted from the undercard to face Pacquiao.
Ugas dominated together with his jab and clear punching to win on all three playing cards – 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112 – on the T-Cell Enviornment.
“I am very excited however most of all, I wish to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this chance within the ring right now,” mentioned Ugas, who now has a document of 27 wins and 4 defeats.
“We solely had two weeks of coaching however I listened to my nook and all of it labored out.
“I instructed you I’m the champion of the WBA and I confirmed it tonight. Quite a lot of respect for [Pacquiao], however I gained the battle.”