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Will Pacquiao retire?

Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring for quite possibly the final time when he took on WBA welterweight titleholder Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas on Saturday on FOX PPV. The former eight-division champion was originally slated to fight Errol Spence Jr., but the unified welterweight champion had to bow out with a torn retina in his left eye earlier this month.

Ugas won a unanimous decision and immediately sparked questions about Pacquiao, 42, potentially going into retirement.

The pay-per-view had three fights on the undercard before Pacquiao-Ugas took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

  • Carlos Castro def. Oscar Escandon by 10th round TKO
  • Mark Magsayo def. Julio Ceja by 10th round KO
  • Robert Guerrero def. Victor Ortiz by unanimous decision
  • Yordenis Ugas def. Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision

Will Pacquiao retire?

Will Pacquiao retire?

Manny Pacquiao is 42 years old and just lost a unanimous decision to Yordenis Ugas so the big question is will Pacquiao retire? In the post-fight interview, Pacquiao said a brief, “I don’t know. Let me rest first and relax and make a decision if I fight again.”

He also said he will make a final announcement next month on whether or not he will run for president of the Philippines. Pacquiao said he didn’t make enough adjustments and his legs were tight, which contributed to why he didn’t move as much.

Ugas said, through a translator, in the post-fight interview that he prays Pacquiao will fight again.

 

(Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images)

Dan Santaromita

Dan Santaromita·Associate Editor, Sports Betting

August 21, 2021 at 10:04 PM PDT

Ugas gets the unanimous decision in competitive scores

Yordenis Ugas wins unanimous decision 115-113, 116-112 twice to retain his WBA welterweight belt and possibly send Manny Pacquiao to retirement.

 

 

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 10:01 PM PDT

It goes to the judges, but did Ugas just pull off an upset?

It goes to the judges, but did Ugas just pull off an upset?

Pacquiao raises gloves at final bell, but Ugas had the better 12th. I have Ugas winning 115-113. Ugas again landed quality right hands and even taunted Pacquiao in the late going, feeling victory was his. We go to the judges…

 

(Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images)

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:57 PM PDT

Ugas lands better blows in the 11th round

11th round: Ugas landed the better blows there. Pacquiao just can’t put his power combinations together.

105-104 Ugas

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:53 PM PDT

Pacquiao busier in an active 10th round

Pacquiao busier in an active 10th round

Tenth round: Pacquiao’s more effective activity took the edge off Ugas’ power shots. Pacquiao, at 42, was busier.

95-95

 

(Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images)

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:49 PM PDT

Pacquiao was the aggressor for Round 9

Pacquiao was the aggressor for Round 9

Ninth round: Pacquiao did a better job evading Ugas’ power there, staying on the attack, winning by being the aggressor and attentive on defense.

86-85 Ugas

 

(Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images)

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:45 PM PDT

Pacquiao trying to stay active, but Ugas is landing bigger shots

Eighth round: Ugas’ rights continue defining the action. Pacquiao tries to stay busy, but he keeps eating those shots.

77-75 Ugas

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:41 PM PDT

Crowd subdued as Pacquiao may be getting frustrated

Seventh round: Ugas’ rights are more impressive than Pacquiao’s power shots. The crowd is subdued, mirroring Pac’s frustration.

67-66 Ugas

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:36 PM PDT

Ugas lands a hard right to end the sixth round

Sixth round: An Ugas hard right in the final seconds was the defining punch of a slow round.

57-57

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:33 PM PDT

Pacquiao gets aggressive in fifth round

Fifth round: Pacquiao applied pressure off an Ugas right. A hard right by Ugas follows. An exchange shows how competitive the bout is. A Pacquiao combination is followed by two hard Ugas rights. And Pacquiao ends with a combination, slipping a blow.

48-47 Pacquiao

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:29 PM PDT

Ugas gets a low-blow warning, but lands punches in the fourth

Ugas gets a low-blow warning, but lands punches in the fourth

Fourth round: An Ugas right precedes a low blow that gives Pacquiao a break. Ugas was landing at will it seemed for a bit on power punches and a jab. Pacquiao responds to close the round.

38-38

 

(Photo credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:25 PM PDT

Active third round from both fighters

Third round: Great round. Pacquiao’s activity ruled it thanks to a strong combination punctuated by a right hand. Can he hurt Ugas? The Cuban came right off the ropes throwing punches. Another Pacquiao combination followed.

29-28 Pacquiao

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:20 PM PDT

Ugas gets the edge in the second round

Second round: Ugas lands scoring rights, pounding the body with a power shot. Pacquiao threw some combinations that were minimally effective.

10-9 Ugas

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:17 PM PDT

Pacquiao active in first round

Pacquiao active in first round

First round: Pacquiao’s speed set up effective early combinations before Ugas landed a hard body shot that slowed Pacquiao. Pacquiao came back with more activity and Ugas tried the jab, which worked in spots.

10-9 Pacquiao.

 

(Photo credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:10 PM PDT

Could that have been the last time Pacquiao enters the ring for a fight?

Manny Pacquiao takes to the ring as “Eye of the Tiger” blares…amazing moment in the arena for what might be a legend’s final bout…

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:03 PM PDT

Ugas is in the ring, Pacquaio’s ring walk begins

Yordenis Ugas is in the ring, and now the ring walk of Manny Pacquiao has begun at T-Mobile Arena…

Lance Pugmire

Lance Pugmire·Senior Writer, Boxing

August 21, 2021 at 9:00 PM PDT

It’s almost showtime

The anthems for the Phillipines and the United States have been sung and Manny Pacquiao and Yordenas Ugas are about to enter the ring at T-Mobile Arena. The crowd has filled in throughout the main card and is a bit anxious after showing some displeasure with the last few rounds of the Robert Guerrero-Victor Ortiz fight.

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