Manny Pacquiao lost on his return to the ring after a two-year absence as Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas upset the odds to win by a unanimous decision and retain his WBA Super Welterweight title.
Ugas was only drafted in on August 10th for the Las Vegas fight to replace the injured Errol Spence Junior. It was Pacquiao’s first bout since beating Keith Thurman for the WBA Welterweight title in July 2019.
The eight-division world champion now has a record of 62 wins, eight defeats and two draws. Reflecting on his defeat, he said: “That’s boxing.”
Ugas dominated with his jab and clean punching to win on all three cards – 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112 – at the T-Mobile Arena.
Pacquiao, who is a serving politician in his native Philippines, was stripped of the WBA title in January because of inactivity.