Yordenis Ugas Upsets Manny Pacquiao via Unanimous Decision on Short Notice

Published 08/22/2021, 1:17 AM EDT
BROOKLYN, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Yordenis Ugas ( red trunks ) defeats Cesar Barrionuevo ( white trunks ) by Uanimous Decision in their WBC Welterweight Elimination fight at Barclays Center on September 8, 2018 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas’ bout was one of the most hyped boxing events of 2021. Both the fighters certainly put on a show worth the buzz, as they presented their best versions against each other. Despite the cosmic slugfest, it was the underdog, Yordenis Ugas, who eventually made the most out of this appearance and won this fight with a unanimous decision.

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As the fight began, both the technicians used their jabs to maintain the distance. Pacquiao went ahead with his hits and showed his slick power with his combinations. On the other hand, Ugas looked to land uppercuts, but he didn’t connect well.

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‘Pacman’ stayed firm with his game plan and he had his vision set. But Ugas’ jabs hurt Pacquiao slightly in round 2. However, he took it into his stride and moved ahead. As the fight progressed, ’54 Milagros’, who found his rhythm, used his height and reach effectively against the veteran.

Pacquiao had the speed, and he seemed desperate to land combinations. But the lanky Ugas was out of his reach. However, ‘Pacman’ had his moments and managed to hold his own. He landed some of his best shots in round 3, but the Cuban boxer counter-attacked well.

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Ugas packed his defense well, and he kept defending some of ‘Pacman’ best body blows. In the later rounds, too, Ugas landed multiple jabs on the 42-year-old’s face. However, in round 5, Pacquiao sh0ne.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas – One of the most intense tussles of 2021

As the bout continued, Ugas, who kept his accuracy tight, stuck to his strategy. He even went on the front foot to strike Pacquiao with solid right hands.

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While the 35-year-old was composed and collected throughout the fight, Pacquiao rushed to make big statements in this contest. This proved to be decisive, as the former maintained control of the ring and delivered one of his most complete performances. That said, he claimed a much-deserved win and proved his mettle to one and all.

What did you make of Yordenis Ugas’ win and ascent to the top of the welterweight division?

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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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