Manny Pacquiao’s Opponent Buys First Ever House in Vegas, Shares the Emotional News

Published 12/14/2021, 11:30 AM EST
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


Squaring off Manny Pacquiao has been a huge lesson for several boxers. The WBA champion Yordenis Ugas experienced his life defining moment recently. The Cuban pugilist had vanquished ‘Pac-Man’ after a 12-round slugfest on August 21 and retained his welterweight title. The 42-year-old Pacquiao offered his best against Ugas but couldn’t match the Cuban’s movement and fierce shots.

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Following the outcome, Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing. Meanwhile, it was a new beginning for the underdog, Yordenis Ugas. He amassed sheer attention from the entire combat family and is now financially blessed to be in a stable position.

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Ugas purchased his first-ever house in Las Vegas after beating Manny Pacquiao. Per findings, Pacquiao earned around $25 million from the fight, but Ugas’ earnings are still unclear. Nevertheless, the WBA champion possibly spun multi-millions, somewhere close to Pacquiao’s earnings. Well, it was enough to purchase a property in Vegas. Yordenis Ugas shared the message with his fans to inspire several more dreamers around the world.

He wrote on social media, “I didn’t want to talk about this. I get emotional, but it’s good to share it.”

“I hope it motivates you not to give up and fight for your dreams. Five years ago, I came to Vegas, I didn’t have a car, and I had to share Uber with other people to go to my training. Today I have my house.”

“My full paid house. Thank God forever for this great blessing and for every opportunity.”

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Ugas can now call the shots and enter into several more blockbuster fights in the division. His win against Pacquiao was a milestone and will now be his ticket to enter the top-tier slot.

Manny Pacquiao blessed Yordenis Ugas’ legacy

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While Errol Spence Jr was about to get a crack at Pacquiao in the legend’s final fight, history will showcase Yordenis Ugas’ name. Ugas now sits on a similar scale with WBO champion Terence Crawford and WBC-IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. As the current welterweight scenario reflects, a unification fight shall make sense to the fullest.

Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Yordenis Ugasin celebrates with his team after defeating Manny Pacquiao in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

All the reigning champions have proved their worth recently, and Errol Spence Jr’s return from the retinal injury can open the doors to multiple unification matchups. That said, Ugas can allure Crawford and Spence Jr. to face him and that will further improvise the scenario of the welterweight division.

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Who do you think Yordenis Ugas should fight next?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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