Pacquiao vs Ugas winner, results: Ugas retains WBA welterweight title fight [VIDEO]
Update 01:05 Yordenis Ugas wins by unanimous decision 115-113, 116-112. 116-112.
Ugas retains his WBA super-welterweight championship.
The battle for the WBA Super Welterweight Championship between Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is here, and the former champion is expected to return to the top of the mountain.
Manny Pacquiao was a -360 favorite over Ugas to DraftKings Sportsbook, making Ugas a +280 underdog. Pacquiao comes to the ring with a 62-7-2 record, while Ugas is 26-4 and has won 12 knockout fights in his career. But Pacquiao is also 43, and with Ugas barely 35, he should have any advantages only from his relative youth.
We’ll be following any updates to turn-based combat here, and we will score with him at home. With that and Summer Slam currently taking place on the same side of the Las Vegas Strip, it should make a ton of people leave both arenas around the same time.
Round 1: 10-9 Pacquiao
As the crowd chants “Manny! Manny! ”The Filipino hero kept Ugas mostly off balance with his southpaw stance. Pacquiao was more active, but towards the end of the round Ugas seemed to find a comfortable distance that worked for his longer reach. But still 10- 9 Pacquiao after the lid lifter.
Round 2: 10-9 Ugas
Yordenis found his range, and his jab and six-inch reach advantage kept Pacquiao at bay. Manny will have to find a way in and probably start working the body.
Round 3: 10-9 Ugas
More activity from Pacquiao, but more effective aggression from Ugas. He countered the Pacquiao well in charge, and much of Manny’s bursts hit gloves or air.
Round 4: 10-9 Ugas
More of the same. It’s 39-37 Ugas at four, and unless Pacquiao finds a way to get inside and make strong contact, it’s going to be hard to see anything change here.
Round 5: 10-9 Pacquiao
Manny not only found something with his activity, but he was able to string together a few punches and move his head enough to keep Ugas from countering. Now can he go on and on?
Round 6: 10-9 Ugas
Neither of the two fighters landed much and he became much more defensive with full guards and head movement. But we’re going to lean Ugas here because of his role as general in a ring and holding the center of the square circle while Pacquiao fights him a bit.
Round 7: 10-9 Ugas
Probably the closest round to the fight, and if you went 10-9 Pacquiao here, I’m not offended. But most of Manny’s combos just don’t succeed, which scores with an occasional jab to stay in the lead.
Round 8: 10-9 Ugas
Much better from Ugas, who scored not only with the jab but also with a few hits to the body. It presents a puzzle that Pacquiao has struggled to solve until now, and the speed and power just isn’t there like it once was.
I have it 78-74 Ugas at the two-thirds mark, and I don’t see how a judge could have Manny up front.
Round 9: 10-9 Pacquiao
Not much activity from Ugas, and Pacquiao was able to score but not in combination. Clear round for Manny, but he might need three more to make this decision difficult.
Round 10: 10-9 Ugas
A tight lap, but the best of an early rally and late right from Ugas made the difference in another tough game to score. Some could be given anyway, but no way you could get Manny up front.
Round 11: 10-9 Pacquiao
A good start and some quality rights give Manny the penultimate lap. But he probably needs a save in the 12th to win, and at no point have we seen Ugas in knockout danger.
Round 12: 10-9 Ugas
Just too many Ugas who took full advantage of Pacquiao’s advance to force action. But it was too much.
I have Yordenis Ugas 116-112, and Ugas should retain the WBA super middleweight championship.