The boxing world has reacted to Manny Pacquiao’s shock defeat to Yordenis Ugas.
Pacquiao was outpointed by the Cuban who successfully defended his WBA (Super) welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday.
At 42, the Filipino legend’s skills had visibility waned with his trademark speed and power lacking on the night as Ugas picked up a comfortable unanimous points decision win.
It raises serious questions over Pacquiao’s future with the veteran now expected to launch a presidential campaign bid back home in Philippines in October.
While he did not confirm any retirement plans, the eight-weight world champion has asked for time to consider his next move.
Spence was watching along with the rest of the boxing world, impressed with Ugas’ display.
WBO champion Terence Crawford had been in talks to fight Pacquiao earlier this year before the Spence fight was announced with the undefeated American also congratulating Ugas.
ðð¿ðð¿ðð¿ðð¿ congratulations @YordenisUgas
Manny Pacquiao has nothing to prove. I wonât say, âhe dared to be greatâ, because he was already great before the opening bell of this fight.#PacquiaoUgas @premierboxing
They will never be ANOTHER Manny Pacquiao
Other pros were quick to pay tribute to Pacquiao and his magnificent boxing career, including WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring, who effectively retired Carl Frampton earlier this year.
‘Manny Pacquiao has nothing to prove,’ he wrote. ’I won’t say ‘he dared to be great’ because he was already great before the opening bell of this fight.’
Former WBA super-lightweight champion Regis Prograis wrote: ‘There will never be ANOTHER Manny Pacquiao.’
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