Yordenis Ugas stuns Pacquiao to retain WBA welterweight crown
Las Vegas: Cuba's Yordenis Ugas sent Manny Pacquiao spinning to a dramatic upset defeat on Saturday, outclassing the Filipino boxing icon with a composed unanimous points victory at the T-Mobile Arena. In his first fight after a two-year absence from the ring, Pacquiao was made to look every bit of his 42 years as the younger Ugas dominated with a stinging jab and cleaner punching to retain his WBA welterweight belt. Ugas, 35, had only been drafted in to face Pacquiao earlier this month after the eight-division world champion's original opponent Errol Spence Jr. suffered an eye injury in training. But the defending champion seized his opportunity brilliantly to win on all three cards, with one judge scoring it 115-113 and two others 116-112. "That's boxing," a deflated Pacquiao said afterwards. "I had a hard time in the ring making adjustments. My legs were tight. I'm sorry I lost tonight, but I did my best." It was a sweet victory for Ugas, who had been awarded the WBA title after Pacquiao was stripped of the belt by the sanctioning body earlier this year for inactivity. "I'm very excited but most of all, I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this opportunity in the ring today," said Ugas, who improves to 27-4 with 12 knockouts. "We only had two weeks of training but I listened to my corner and it all worked out. - AFP