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Ugas reacts to Pacquiao saying he was “easiest” opponent

Image: Ugas reacts to Pacquiao saying he was "easiest" opponent

By Max Schramm: Yordenis Ugas finally reacted to Manny Pacquiao’s comments this week about being one of the “easiest opponents” of his career.

Rather than fire back at Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) with anger, as one would expect, Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) said he has “respect” for the Filipino star and hope he “recovers” from their fight last Saturday night.

Ugas defeated Pacquiao by a 12 round unanimous decision to successfully defend his WBA ‘Super World’ welterweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In the weeks before the fight, Pacquiao had been grumbling about how the World Boxing Association had stripped him of his WBA ‘Super World’ 147-lb title and given the belt to Ugas earlier this year.

It didn’t sit right with Pacquiao that he was stripped of his title by the WBA and thought Ugas should have had to earn the belt by winning it inside the ring against him.

Ugas resisted the urge to fire back at Pacquiao the way that some fighters likely would have done if they’d been told that they were one of Manny’s “easiest opponents” of his career.

Image: Ugas reacts to Pacquiao saying he was "easiest" opponent

Of course, Ugas is hoping to get a rematch with Pacquiao, and it wouldn’t make sense for him to anger the legendary former eight-division world champion by firing back an abrasive comment.

“As amateurs and even now in the amateur system when we talk about, ‘Man, those international fighters are hard.’ The international fighters do things a little differently than we do,” said Shawn Porter on his Porter Way Podcast talking about former Cuban amateur star Yordenis.

“Have you ever seen that punch?” said Porter referring to the wide looping right hands that Ugas was hitting Pacquiao with the entire fight.

“He [Yordenis] never hit me with that. You have a Hall of Fame corner. How do you not make an adjustment off of that?” said Porter about Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach failing to come up with an adjustment to counteract the looping right hands Ugas was hitting him with the entire fight.

“Why hadn’t Manny tried rolling underneath that right hand? The adjustment that he made, which is a good adjustment, was keeping the left hand at home, but beyond that, if you roll, it gives you the opportunity to counter.

“The first one that showed me that was take the steam off the first one and then pop the second one,” said Porter about Ugas throwing a double left jab with the second one being a hard jab.

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