LAS VEGAS — If this was Manny Pacquiao’s last fight, he gave it all he had, but it just wasn’t enough.
Replacement opponent Yordenis Ugas stepped in on short notice after Errol Spence Jr. was forced out because of an injury and put on a stellar performance, neutralizing Pacquiao’s blitzes with a sharp jab and an overhand right that landed with alarming frequency. Pacquiao tried to find his way inside but simply couldn’t as Ugas stumped him over and over again behind the jab.
In the end, judges all saw it in favor of Ugas with scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
“I told you that I am the champion and I showed you tonight,” Ugas said.
Pacquiao’s limitations because of size were an issue from the outset. Ugas established the jab and quickly adjusted to Pacquiao’s speed. There were moments when Pacquiao got a rise out of the crowd at T-Mobile Arena with his pushes forward and punches in bunches. But Ugas put it all together in a stellar performance that will serve as the biggest win of his career and likely lead him to a unification fight.
As for Pacquiao, if this is truly the end, he’ll be remembered as one of the best to do it. A 62-8-2 record with 39 knockouts and the distinction of being the sport’s first and only eight-division world champion is nothing to sneeze at. Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) overcame the odds to take down a living legend. We will see what the next chapter has to offer for both.
Here’s how it all went down.
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Result: Yordenis Ugas def. Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
Round 12 (1 a.m.): Ugas lands a leaping right hand that smacks Pacquiao across the ring. Ugas is just too sharp. Another right hand by Ugas. And another. Pacquiao is getting lit up by the same punch repeatedly. Ugas with a combination. Pacquiao won’t back down but Ugas is just finding a home whenever he wants. They begin to brawl with 30 seconds left. Ugas closes strong. 10-9, Ugas (118-110, Ugas)
Round 11 (12:55 a.m.): Ugas with another damn right hand. Pacquiao can’t seem to pick up when it’s coming until it’s already clapped him. Manny with a combination. Ugas fires back but Manny is out of range. A right hand by Ugas sends Manny backward. Manny pops back in with a combination. Both land but Manny is busier. 10-9, Pacquiao (108-101, Ugas)
Round 10 (12:51 a.m.): The crowd has been silenced as we enter Round 10. The Pacquiao enthusiasm is gone as it begins to settle in that he’s closing in on a loss. A brief brawl breaks out with both landing huge shots. The crowd is up again! Ugas smacks him with a right hand. Shuts the chants down. Combination by Manny. Ugas sticks the jab. That Ugas right hand behind the jab has worked without a hitch. Another hard Ugas right hand closes the round. This one is close. But not close enough. Ugas, 10-9 (99-91, Ugas)
Round 9 (12:47 a.m.): We’ve reached “Whatcha gonna do?” territory for Pacquiao. Nothing has worked yet. Ugas lights Pacquiao up with a pair of short punches. Pacquiao isn’t being hurt but he’s being moved by Ugas. Pacquiao fires a combination but Ugas responds quickly. Sweeping right hook from Ugas lands again. Pacquiao has zero answers and he’s running out of time. 10-9, Ugas (89-82, Ugas)
Round 8 (12:43 a.m.): Ugas lands a huge right hook that catches Manny clean. Pacquiao lands a combination. Another right hand by Ugas. Manny fires a ton of punches but doesn’t land. Ugas waits, sticks the jab. Forces Manny to reset. Another right hand lands by Ugas. Pacquiao trying to fight back but Ugas is just too much. 10-9, Ugas (79-73, Ugas)
Round 7 (12:40 a.m.): Pacquiao rolls in and throws a bunch of punches but none do much of anything. Ugas with another hard combination that moves Manny. Ugas jabs and follows with a right hand. Manny eats it. They exchange right hands to close the round. Manny moves. Ugas doesn’t. Story of the fight. Another Ugas round. 10-9, Ugas (69-64, Ugas)
Round 6 (12:36 a.m.): Manny is trying his hardest to find a way in. Finally lands an uppercut but Ugas lays a right hand onto his cheek. Three-punch combination by Ugas closes the round and likely gives him the round. 10-9, Ugas (59-55, Ugas)
Round 5 (12:32 a.m.): A bit of a slower start to the round. Both looking to find their way in. Ugas lights up Manny with a jab and a two-punch combination. Pacquiao rolls in and gets sniped again by a right hand. Pacquiao with a combination but Ugas is right back at him. Pacquiao with more punches but Ugas far more effective. I’ll take effective. 10-9, Ugas (49-46, Ugas)
Round 4 (12:27 a.m.): Ugas snaps Pacquiao’s head back with a jab. Pacquiao fires five punches that Ugas takes on the elbows. Ugas with a jab that is deemed low. They stop the action for a warning. Ugas picks off a Pacquiao barrage with a right hand that slows Pacquiao down. Not sure what the judges are going to like but Ugas is landing clean. Hard overhand right by Ugas lands. These punches are moving Manny. Another right hand off the jab by Ugas. Another jab snaps Manny’s head back. 10-9, Ugas (39-37, Ugas)
Round 3 (12:22 a.m.): Pacquiao steams ahead, catches gloves and Ugas shoves him away to make a statement. Another Pacquiao barrage. Ugas blocks most. Jab by Ugas. Another. Sweeping right hand by Ugas lands clean. Pacquiao with a left hand that lands. Hard right hand stuns Ugas. Pacquiao rolls in but Ugas adjusts and lands a combination. Hard right hand by Ugas and Pacquiao returns fire. It’s a fight! Ugas, 10-9 (29-28, Ugas)
Round 2 (12:19 a.m.): That Ugas jab is trouble and he’s landing it with alarming frequency. Pacquiao lands a right hand and Ugas quickly picks him off with another jab. Right hand by Ugas lands. Combination by Ugas off the jab. Pacquiao is having a difficult time finding an entry point and Ugas cracks him with a combination and an uppercut. Very strong round by Ugas. 10-9, Ugas (19-19)
Round 1 (12:15 a.m.): Pacquiao fires a flurry to start the round. Ugas looks to stick the jab to the body. Pacquiao trying to jab his way inside. Lands a hard right hand that stuns Ugas. Pacquiao already bouncing punches off of Ugas and Ugas lands a hard combination. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a fight. Ugas using a long jab to prevent Pacquiao from coming in. Ugas is landing that long jab. Manny’s bursts were enough but Ugas jab might be a problem later. 10-9, Pacquiao
Midnight: It’s time. Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas are ready to walk to the ring. This crowd is white-hot for Pacquiao. Can he send them home happy?
Robert Guerrero edges out Victor Ortiz for unanimous decision
Result: It was close, but Guerrero did just enough to earn the decision on all three scorecards with the judges seeing it 96-94.
11:41 p.m.: Entering the 10th and final round and things have slowed to a crawl. Fans aren’t happy with a lot of the infighting but Guerrero is seemingly ahead. Fans just want Manny Pacquiao at this point but they’ve been gifted an entertaining fight.
11:35 p.m.: A little more than halfway through and Guerrero and Ortiz have been involved in some entertaining exchanges, but Guerrero has been the stronger and fresher fighter. Although both are past their primes, they’ve been giving fans an entertaining co-main event.
11:20 p.m.: Co-main event time: Welterweights Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz.
11:08 p.m.: Make it two 10th-round KOs on the main card: Mark Magsayo stops Julio Ceja with a big right hand 50 seconds into the 10th in their featherweight bout.
10:07 p.m.: The first fight of the main card ends early; Carlos Castro knocks out Oscar Escandon at 1:08 of the 10th round. Castro improves to 27-0.
When is Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas?
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 21
The Pacquiao-Ugas fight will take place Aug. 21, 2021. The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET, with the main-event fighters expected to be in the ring around 12:30 a.m. ET.
How to watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas
- Fox Sports PBC PPV ($74.99)
- iNDemand ($74.99)
Pacquiao vs. Ugas will be available on pay-per-view through Fox Sports’ Premier Boxing Champions and iNDemand.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas fight card
- Yordenis Ugas (C) def. Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision to retain WBA (Super) welterweight championship (115-113, 116-112,116-112).
- Robert Guerrero def. Victor Ortiz via unanimous decision (96-94, 96-94 & 96-94)
- Mark Magsayo def. Julio Ceja via 10th-round KO (:50).
- Carlos Castro def. Oscar Escandon via 10th-round KO (1:08).