By Adrian Stewart Co
Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugás is open to grant Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao a rematch following his unanimous decision win over the weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion, he is open to face Pacquiao anew after the eight-division world boxing champion served as his stepping stone to boxing glory.
“Two hundred percent (I am willing to have a rematch with him). He deserves a rematch. Manny’s a great legend, a great fighter,” Ugás said in a post-match press conference.
“Manny Pacquiao might be in his 40s, but he gave me a very good fight. I was looking for that Pac to come in, he showed it tonight and he’s got a lot left in his tank,” he added.
Ugás, a last-minute replacement for American Errol Spence Jr., also said that he is delighted to have beaten Pacquiao inside the ring as it finally settled who the rightful owner of the WBA diadem was.
“I’ve been living under Manny’s shadow for almost a year,” said Ugás. “But like I said we’d find that out in the ring and decide who the champion is. And we found that out in the ring.”
While Ugás is looking forward to share a ring with Pacquiao once again, the Filipino boxing legend is hinting at retirement to focus on other matters, including his political plans for the 2022 national elections.
“In the future, you might not see Manny Pacquiao again to fight in the ring. I don’t know but for how many decades, I’m so happy with what I’ve done in boxing,” the 42-year-old fighter said.
“I contributed a record in boxing also and to make boxing to the top. And especially bring honor to my country, the Filipino people,” he added. “I’m enjoying it but sometimes you have to think about the response of your body.”
Pacquiao admitted that his age was a factor in his one-sided defeat to Ugás as he cannot keep in step with the speed and accuracy of his much younger Cuban opponent in their 12 round bout.
“My two legs are cramping. That’s why I cannot move around. Early days I can outbox him. But this time around, it’s like my two legs are tight and hurting from the second to 12th round. But I’m not making an excuse,” Pacquiao said./ASC, WDJ