Boxing greats, world fighters pay homage to Manny Pacquaio after UD loss to Ugas

Aug 22, 2021
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AT 42 years old, Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stood in the ring once more in an attempt to reclaim the WBA title, only to lose against Cuban champion Yordenis Ugas via unanimous decision on Sunday.

Ugas emerged the better contender, and took control of the 12-round match.

Pacman, on the other hand, found it difficult to execute his signature aggressiveness. After the fight, he congratulated Ugas, bared that his legs felt "tight", and shrugged off inquiries about his retirement.

“I don’t know yet,” he said. “Let me rest first.”

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    Olympian and WBO champ Jamel Herring said enough.

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    Rising star Ryan Garcia also joined the club, saying Pacman's still his fave, above all.

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