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If Saturday evening used to be the closing time that Manny Pacquiao stepped valid into a hoop all the contrivance via his official boxing profession, then an all-time gigantic did not lumber out in the formula he would bear hoped to.
In his first match in extra than two years, Pacquiao used to be defeated by Yordenis Ugas, who won via unanimous resolution at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas. Ugas successfully defended his WBA welterweight championship to damage Pacquiao’s return to the ring.
Even supposing Pacquiao would possibly well no longer bear won the bout, he’s restful coming out of it with a gigantic payday. Whereas the official purses haven’t been introduced, Josef Ramos of BusinessMirror reported that Pacquiao used to be making a assured $5 million for the war, with that whole potentially reaching $25 million per pay-per-belief gross sales.
It be unknown what quantity of money can be going to Ugas, who used to be a leisurely addition to the bout after Pacquiao’s well-liked opponent, Errol Spence Jr., withdrew thanks to an search for distress. No topic how grand Ugas will get paid, the 35-year-former earned the largest victory of his boxing profession Saturday.
And Ugas would possibly well need been the closing opponent of Pacquiao’s profession. After the war, Pacquiao used to be noncommittal when requested about his boxing future.
“I fabricate no longer know. Let me relaxation first and relax and create a resolution if I war again,” Pacquiao said all the contrivance via the postfight interview (h/t The Athletic’s Dan Santaromita).
Pacquiao can be deciding whether he needs to hobble for president of the Philippines, and if he does, that would herald the cease of his boxing days. After falling to Ugas, Pacquiao now has an all-time sage of 62-8-2.
By facing Ugas, Pacquiao has now had a official boxing match in four a long time, as he started his profession in 1995. So if this finally ends up being it for him, it used to be an out of the ordinary hobble.
Ugas improved to 27-4 in his official profession by notching his fourth straight take grasp of. He won the WBA welterweight title with a crop up-resolution victory over Abel Ramos in September, but his take grasp of over Pacquiao used to be grand extra spectacular.
After he wasn’t even purported to be in the important thing occasion, the Cuban made an announcement.
“He’s a gigantic competitor, but I came in here to reward I’m the champion of the WBA,” Ugas said, per Greg Beacham of the Linked Press. “Masses of admire for him, but I won this war.”
There are quite rather a lot of questions shifting forward. Who can be Ugas’ next opponent? Which in all probability opponent would possibly well beat him? And, obviously, what’s next for Pacquiao?
No topic what happens, both boxers equipped an difficult bout, especially eager on it’s persistently fun to ogle Pacquiao in the ring. But it used to be positive that Ugas used to be the easier fighter Saturday evening.