Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas won an anonymous decision over Manny Pacquiao in a WBA super welterweight title Saturday, reports the BBC.
The defeat occurred in Pacquiao’s first match since July 2019 when he beat Keith Thurman.
“In my heart, I want to continue [to] fight,” Pacquiao said, according to ESPN, after the fight. “But I have to consider, also, my body. I’m enjoying it, but sometimes you have to think about the life span of your body.”
The 42-year old said the final decision on his decision will come another time. He has also considered a run for president of the Philippines and the senator said he would make an announcement about his political future in September.
Ugas stepped in to fight Pacquiao only after an injury two weeks ago to Errol Spence forced him to step out.
“I’m very excited, but most of all, I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this moment in this ring today,” said Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs). “Now the plan is to unify the title at welterweight. … Errol Spence is the next one on the list. … I am praying that he recuperates.”
As for Pacquiao who before the fight lead the crowd in chants of “Manny, Manny, Manny,” the legendary fighter remained analytical in defeat.
“I had a hard time in the ring making adjustments. My legs were tight. I’m sorry I lost tonight, but I did my best.”
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