Manny Pacquiao was the first to heap praise on his Cuban opponent Yordenis Ugas after the latter successfully defended his WBA welterweight belt on Sunday (Manila time).
After 12 rounds of thrilling action at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, United States of America, the Filipino fighter lost by unanimous decision, with all three judges siding with the 35-year-old Ugas.
Despite his defeat, Pacquiao maintained his courteous demeanor.
“I congratulate my opponent Yordenis Ugas for making [a] tough [fight] tonight and winning tonight. That’s boxing,” the fighting senator said in the post-match interview.
With this defeat, Pacquiao will now banner a 62-8-2 win-loss-draw card where 39 of his victories came from via knockout.
Pacquiao also admitted that he had a tough time making adjustments on the ring that led to the loss.
“I’m having a hard time making adjustments about my body style and I think that’s the problem for me, I didn’t make adjustments right away. My legs are so tight that’s why it’s hard to move,” he explained.
Still, the Sarangani native thanked everyone who came to watch the bout live and those who cheered on him against Ugas.
“Well, I’m so thankful to the fans coming here to witness the fight live. I really appreciate your effort to come here. I’m sorry that we lost tonight but I did my best. I apologize.”
Source: MSN Sports