WOW: Yordenis Ugas Receives Key to Miami City Following an Enthralling Win Over Manny Pacquiao

Published 09/08/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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


On August 21, the WBA welterweight ‘super’ champ, Yordenis Ugas, appeared under the big lights to face the boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao. Walking in as an underdog, Ugas had a point to prove. In the ring, the Cuban boxing star fared just like he planned and pulled off a staggering upset, defeating ‘Pacman’.

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With this win, he certainly put out a huge statement in the 147-pound landscape and rightly proved his worth as the WBA champ. Following his triumph, there have been raining accolades on ’54 Milagros’. But there’s one prime gift he received recently from the Mayor of Miami city, Francis Suarez.

Mike Coppinger shared Ugas’ image with the mayor, wherein the latter was seen gifting the boxer a key to the wonderful city of Miami.

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Being the underdog, Ugas wasn’t under pressure to perform well in his fight against the Senator. However, as he had a point to prove, he certainly knew what he had to do. Also, his game plan was simple, to hit and not get hit in return.

The lanky fighter used the ring space efficiently and remained dominant. He landed his jabs and power-packed right hands. The assault stunned ‘Pacman’, but the 42-year-old kept counterattacking to make this bout somewhat entertaining.

In the end, Ugas prevailed, surpassed the toughest test of his boxing career, and retained his belt.

This win will go down in the history books forever and it’ll definitely be one of the best clashes for the Cuban boxer. However, Pacquiao will look to run it back and level the scores with Yordenis Ugas.

Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas 2 – Will it happen?

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Pacquiao, who fought after a long 2-year layoff, wasn’t satisfied with the way he performed. Hence, he’s eyeing a rematch with Ugas for January 2022.

Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manny Pacquiao (left) fights Yordenis Ugas in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, the WBA champ isn’t apprehensive about offering ‘Pacman’ a rematch. Considering that, the two men might get into an in-ring slugfest once again.

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Would you be interested in seeing a second war between the two?

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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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