“Manny Pacquiao Would Just Eat Him Alive”: Oscar De La Hoya Gives Bizarre Take on Ugas vs. Pacquiao

Published 08/26/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao, in his last fight against Yordenis Ugas, suffered a dreadful loss. The fight took place for the latter’s WBA welterweight super title and, despite being the underdog, Ugas fared exuberantly well and didn’t lose focus till the last bell. His special performance put him on top that night and he came out as a clear winner.

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Recently, Oscar De La Hoya interacted exclusively with K.O. Artist Sports. Here, he shed some light on the Pacquiao vs Ugas fight and revealed what the Cuban boxer did right.

“The times that he wasn’t disciplined, Manny Pacquiao would just eat him alive. He would, he would land his combinations. But the fact that look the mistake that we did as bigger guys going into a Manny fight is that we thought we were the bigger guy, the stronger guy, so we want to go in there and attack him.”

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“That’s the mistake, because he’s gonna wait for you and just tag you. Ugas stayed back, he stayed back, and he knew what he was doing and he stayed disciplined,” he said.

Ugas had a definite advantage of his reach and height. And he used the same for his full benefit. That said, he adopted the strategy of hitting and not getting hit in return. As a result, ‘Pacman’ had to work supremely hard to land his best hits.

In the above interview, De La Hoya too asserted the mistake he and other lanky guys did against Pacquiao. But ’54 Milagros’ had a sharp intent, and he stuck to his game plan throughout.

Is Manny Pacquiao capable of beating Yordenis Ugas in a rematch?

Pacquiao confessed about being eager to fight Ugas once again. He is ecstatic to avenge his loss and as a result, the Filipino Senator would do anything to lock horns with his rival.

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With that, if he gets a rematch with Ugas, Pacquiao would look to come in prepared. And he’ll work extensively on his combinations and jabs, that’ll eventually help him attain a win over the WBA champ.

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That said, it’ll be interesting to see if a rematch between these two comes to life soon. What do you make of Golden Boy’s comments?

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

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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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