Of course Manny was having leg issues. It was pretty clear to see that he wasn’t on his toes and couldn’t close the distance like always. Still, it wasn’t a complete blowout and, in Manny’s mind, with his legs at just 75% he beats Ugas… and maybe he really does.
Maybe this is Ali vs Spinks and Manny can come back and have one more great night. Maybe this is is why so many of the great ones go out in a fiery crash. They keep seeing what isn’t there anymore. That indomitable spirit that allows them to rise from nothing, to keep fighting when everything seems lost, this irrational pride and self belief that helps them become legends… becomes their downfall in the end.
Manny Pacquiao considering January rematch with welterweight champ Yordenis Ugas after loss.
Manny Pacquiao says he’s considering asking Yordenis Ugas for a rematch, and he believes he was one of the “easiest opponents” of his career. He wouldn’t have lost if not for his cramping legs last Saturday night.
WBA ‘Super World’ welterweight champion Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) was fast to respond to Pacquiao’s comments about wanting a rematch. He says he’ll give the Filipino superstar a chance to get “revenge’ in a second fight.
After Yordenis Ugas won a deserved unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao this past Saturday in Las Vegas, many expected Pacquiao to hang up his gloves. Instead, the Filipino legend is considering stepping back in the ring with Ugas in January.
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Speaking with The Athletic, Pacquiao still seemed stunned at the loss to Ugas, who had stepped into the main event on short notice when Errol Spence Jr. suffered an eye injury. In the ring after the fight, Pacquiao said he had suffered from leg cramps that significantly hindered his movement, which he said again days after the defeat.
“In my entire career, Ugas was one of the easiest opponents,” Pacquiao said. “[Ugas] only had one style, and I should’ve been able to easily move away … you’ve seen how I have moved in my fights before. I couldn’t move in this fight. My legs just … stopped.”
Pacquiao’s immediate concern is an attempt to leap from his status as a senator to the presidency in his native Philippines, which would begin in February. But the Filipino legend thinks that he could be back in the ring one more time before that process kicks off.
“Yes, I can come back in January. I will see about it,” Pacquiao said. “I know I can rematch him if I want. I’ll just need to tell [Premier Boxing Champions head] Al Haymon. That would be no problem. I will think about it because I can’t believe that one of the easiest opponents I ever faced did that.”
Ugas response go Pacquiao
Pacquiao is a legend. He is still a great boxer. A man of honor below and above and loved by all. If he wants revenge, with pleasure, we will give it to him. I continue to respect and admire him for all that he has accomplished inside and outside of that ring,” said @Yordenisugas.
Pacquiao added that if he does take the rematch with Ugas, he will do things differently with his training to avoid the same leg problems that plagued him last Saturday night.
All the running that Pacquiao did in the hills during training is believed to have played a factor in his legs being worn out for the fight.
“I don’t know if it’s overwork. Probably that in my observation,” said Pacquiao to Fighthype on why his legs were cramping up in Yordenis Ugas fight.
“I didn’t have time enough to rest my legs. We did unusual on my legs before the fight. We will study and review and observe everything we did in this fight.
“I’m not worried about a rematch [with Ugas]. Anytime I can ask Al [Haymon]. I can still fight in January. The official campaign is on February 8th. I need to decide on my plan for politics and boxing.
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