Manny Pacquiao has been beaten on his return to the ring after a two-year absence after Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas caused an upset to win by unanimous decision and retain his WBA (super) welterweight title on Saturday night.
Ugas was only drafted in on 10 August for the Las Vegas fight to replace the injured Errol Spence Jr. It was Pacquiao’s first bout since beating Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight title in July 2019.
“I don’t know,” said Pacquiao, 42, when asked if it was his final fight. “I need to relax and make a decision.”
Ugas dominated with his jab and clean punching to win on all three cards – 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112 – at the T-Mobile Arena.
“I’m very excited but most of all, I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this opportunity in the ring today,” said Ugas, who now has a record of 27 wins and four defeats.
“We only had two weeks of training but I listened to my corner and it all worked out.
“I told you I am the champion of the WBA and I showed it tonight. A lot of respect for [Pacquiao], but I won the fight.”
The Filipino boxing legend, who is a serving politician in his native Philippines, was stripped of the WBA title in January because of inactivity.
The eight-division world champion, who now has a record of 62 wins, eight defeats, and two draws, added: “That’s boxing.
“I had a hard time in the ring making adjustments. My legs were tight. I’m sorry I lost tonight, but I did my best.”