Last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, living legend Manny Pacquiao challenged Yordenis Ugas for the super-duper WBA welterweight title.
Pacquiao was competing for the very same belt he won against Keith Thurman in July 2019 – a belt he never actually lost inside the ring.Ugas defeated Abel Ramos by 12 round split decision last September to win the minor WBA regular title. And then the WBA promoted him to super duper status after they decided to strip Pacquiao for inactivity during a global pandemic.
Pacquiao fought admirably last Saturday night, but his efforts ultimately fell short. Ugas fought an intelligent disciplined effort that enabled him to box at his own pace with great efficiency. Meanwhile Pacquiao looked every bit his age and he was unable to cope with the stellar strategy that was very well executed by Ugas. It was, however, a competitive affair throughout the contest. Even though Pacquiao is clearly far removed from his best days, he still put forth an admirable effort. Pacquiao did not embarrass himself, and he gave it his best effort. But Ugas proved to be the better man, and his victory probably represents the end of the Pacquiao era.
When we look back on the sensational career of Manny Pacquiao, he is obviously one of the very best in the long rich history of professional boxing. Top 15 to 20? Maybe even Top 10, which is extraordinary. Wherever future historians ultimately rank Pacquiao, he clearly made his mark in the sport and he is absolutely a part of the discussion when we talk about the greatest boxers of all time.
This edition of Rummy’s Corner will provide a quick recap of Yordenis Ugas vs Manny Pacquiao, with a brief look back at some of the extraordinary accomplishments during the long and illustrious career of the one and only Manny Pac-Man Pacquiao. Please watch and enjoy the video for one man’s opinion on the match-up.