By: Hans Themistode
On its face, every thing gave the impression to be the identical.
Regardless of the start certificates of Manny Pacquiao gathering appreciable extra mud, the 42-year-old appeared to be in terrific form. The arduous work that the previous eight-division world champion endured throughout an extended and arduous coaching camp, was evident the second he eliminated his shirt throughout Friday’s weigh-ins.
With a chiseled physique and all the confidence on the planet, Pacquiao appeared sure that he would dethrone Yordenis Ugas and reclaim his WBA welterweight title. Nevertheless, as their showdown was underway, issues by no means went the way in which Pacquiao envisioned it.
The longer term first-ballot Corridor of Famer struggled with the persistent jab of Ugas, in addition to his inside work. By way of 12 rounds, Pacquiao stood stoically as all three judges scoring their contest from T-Cell Area in Las Vegas, Nevada, gave the sting to the 35-year-old Cuban.
Instantly following his defeat, Pacquiao reluctantly answered when requested what precisely went mistaken. Whereas he did his greatest not to remove from the victory of Ugas, Pacquiao additionally provided perception to an harm that prohibited him from taking cost within the ring.
“I’m not saying that is my excuse however my two legs had been cramping,” mentioned Pacquiao. “That’s why I can’t transfer round.”
If Pacquiao was, actually, hampered, Ugas took full benefit. The previous Olympic bronze medalist utilized fixed strain all through however remained disciplined behind the jab. Though Pacquiao tried to make up for his lack of motion with excessive quantity, throwing greater than double the variety of punches of his opponent, 815-405, Ugas traded in a excessive work charge for effectivity.
The Cuban product was more practical in each division. He landed 21.4% of his jabs as in comparison with the 8.8% of Pacquiao. He additionally had the sting in energy punches. Not solely did he outland Pacquiao 101-88, however his percentages in that space far overshadowed that of Pacquiao, 59.1% to 25.9%.
No matter Pacquiao pointing a blaming finger within the route of what he describes as “cramps” he appeared cautious of how he got here throughout.
Because the Filipino senator paused to search out his phrases, he seemingly flashed again to the times when points equivalent to cramps, had been nonexistent. With the curtain name on his profession presumably upon us, Pacquiao juxtaposed what would have occurred if this struggle happened roughly a decade in the past.
“In my early days, I can simply transfer and outbox him. This time round, it’s like my two legs had been tight and hurting me within the second spherical till the twelfth spherical. I’m not making excuses however that’s the explanation why I can’t transfer.”