VIDEO: Las Vegas Crowd Roars as They Welcome Manny Pacquiao to the Arena

Published 08/22/2021, 12:34 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


The return of Manny Pacquiao brought the whole boxing family to their feet. Just before the legend made his way to the ring, the entire T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas witnessed a record-breaking attendance, who were constantly cheering for ‘Pac-Man’.

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After almost 763 days of inactivity, Pacquiao’s return to action was massive. Furthermore, the crowd channeled the energy through their support. It seemed that most of the crowd was there for Manny Pacquiao, while Yordenis Ugas was just there as an opponent. Nevertheless, Vegas also had some legitimate fans of the Cuban boxer. However, Manny Pacquiao clearly had a bulk of the crowd support.

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Following a few gruesome encounters in the undercard, the stage was built well for an intriguing headliner. Meanwhile, fans expanded the aura by chanting ‘Manny Manny’ just after the national anthem of the Philippines. Organizers didn’t play the Cuban national anthem, which was apparently Ugas’ request.

The 17,438 strong crowd at the T-Mobile Arena cheered their hearts out and provided massive energy to the fight night and the main event. While the crowd did their part with energetic cheering, the in-ring affair expanded that energy even more. Here’s a look at it.

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Following a legendary in-ring introduction, the first round of the fight lived up to the hype. Pacquiao became the aggressor and planted some of his best shots. Despite falling short in height and reach, ‘Pac-Man’ didn’t hesitate and remained aggressive. But Yordenis Ugas, looking quite comfortable, used his range and didn’t get outboxed.

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Despite his legendary status, Pacquiao didn’t seem to overlook his opponent. He used his time frame and advantages smartly. However, in the eyes of many, he was too eager to connect quickly.

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The third round of the scrap saw both men have their chances. While Ugas moved forward, Pacquiao held his ground and stuck in there. The former eight-division champion came with all his skills and set the stage for an intriguing main-event fight.

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If that was the reaction to his return, what can we expect if Pacquiao wins? What did you make of the crowd’s reaction to Pacquiao vs Ugas?

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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