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Manny Pacquiao has blamed his recent loss to Yordenis Ugas on leg cramps, with the Pac-Man telling reporters that he “couldn’t move” from the second round.
Pacquiao faced welterweight champion Ugas at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last weekend.
Ugas had stepped in as a short-notice replacement for the undefeated Errol Spence Jr, who was forced to withdraw from his bout against Pacquiao after suffering a retinal tear in his left eye.
Despite entering the clash as a fairly heavy favourite, Pacquiao looked out of sorts for much of the bout and seemed a shadow of his former, brilliant self.
Throughout the contest, Ugas’ long jab and smooth counterpunching caused all sorts of problems for Pacquiao, who appeared less athletic and explosive than ever before.
While some fans and reporters bizarrely scored the contest in favour of the Pac-Man, all three judges believed Ugas edged the bout, and the Cuban was announced as winner via unanimous decision.
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Following the bout, Pacquiao appeared in front of reporters at a post-fight press conference, via Boxing Scene.
When asked about why he thought Ugas’ style had presented quite so many issues for him, Pacquiao immediately set the record straight: Ugas wasn’t the problem, cramp was.
“Actually, I know his style,” Pacquiao said.
“But the thing is, I want to do my plan, but my plans in the ring – I have a lot of techniques for his style.
“But the thing is, but I’m not saying that this is my excuse, but no, you know, my two legs is cramping.
“I cannot move. That’s why I can’t move around. I can, in early days I can easily move and out-box him. You know Manny Pacquiao.
“But this time around, it’s like my two legs is tight and hurting me in [the] second round, until 12 rounds. But I’m not making excuses.”
In the days following the bout, initial murmurs about Pacquiao’s retirement have grown louder.
The Filipino has now been boxing professionally for 26 years and has reached unrivalled heights in the sport.
However, Father Time is undefeated in the sport of boxing and it seems that Pacquiao’s time may well have finally arrived.
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