Is Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Career Finished?

Published 08/22/2021, 1:57 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 14: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao lost a hard-fought bout to Yordenis Ugas at the T-Mobile Arena. The boxing icon took up the ring space after a long break of two years and the inactivity seemed evident in his fight against the Cuban boxer. Pacquiao tried hard, and he seemed desperate to land his shots. But he certainly failed to do the same in one of his most hyped boxing events of 2021.

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Pacquiao began the fight on an aggressive note and he went all guns blazing. However, because of his short frame, ‘Pacman’ couldn’t land his powerful blows on Ugas. And the latter, taking advantage of his height and reach, landed his shots efficiently on the veteran.

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Despite being the shorter combatant, the 42-year-old saw some success in the later rounds of the fight. But it wasn’t enough for him to remain on the winning vertical by any means.

He tried his best to cut the distance and smother Ugas with his offense, but due to obvious reasons, ‘Pacman’ couldn’t do what he wished to.

Although Pacquiao lost this fight, he still showed heart and kept competing until the last bell. For someone as old as him, it’s hard to keep that slick activity going inside the squared circle. Nevertheless, the Filipino Senator put on a show and he certainly showed what he’s made off.

However, the veteran is now old and his performance didn’t seem up to the mark. Also, if he goes on to compete with even more skilled technicians of the 147-pound roster, ‘Pacman‘ might end up losing again.

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Is it the right time for Manny Pacquiao to hang up his gloves?

Manny Pacquiao has certainly gone past his prime. Hence, given his age and non-boxing ambitions, it’s definitely the ideal time to retire from the sport. As he has achieved it all, there’s no need for him to keep on fighting. Furthermore, he has a legacy that’ll remain in the history books forever.

Watch this story – Event Recap: Best Highlights From Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas

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With his conduct inside and outside the ring, ‘Pacman’ has inspired countless budding boxers who can fill the void that he would leave.

What do you make of Pacquiao’s performance against Ugas? Is it time for him to retire?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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