LAS VEGAS — This evening was purported to be a celebration, a end result of all the good Manny Pacquiao has completed — a champion in eight divisions in 4 a long time, a celebrity the world over.
Yordenis Ugas wasn’t right here for the Pacquiao celebration, although — he was right here for his personal arrival. And he made good on his promise to deliver all his respect for Pacquiao into the ring.
Ugas, who accepted the project on 11 days’ discover, scored a unanimous resolution over Pacquiao on Saturday at T-Cell Enviornment to retain his WBA “tremendous” welterweight title, spoiling the festivities in an upset victory that establishes him as a significant participant in boxing’s finest division.
All three judges scored it for Ugas: 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112. ESPN had it 116-112 for Ugas.
“I am very excited, however most of all, I need to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this second on this ring at this time,” stated Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs). “We solely had two weeks of coaching, however I listened to my nook and all of it labored out.”
Ugas, a 35-year-old Cuban, received as a +310 underdog, based on Caesars William Hill. He outlanded Pacquiao 151-130 in whole punches regardless of Pacquiao throwing greater than twice as many punches, 815-405.
Ugas has received 4 straight fights since dropping a break up resolution to Shawn Porter in March 2019, a combat many thought he received.
Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs), 42, was preventing for the primary time since July 2019, when he took a break up resolution over Keith Thurman.