Manny Pacquiao was the first to heap praise on his Cuban opponent Yordenis Ugas after the latter successfully defended his WBA welterweight championship on Sunday.
After 12 rounds of spectacular action at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, United States of America, the Filipino boxer lost by unanimous decision, with all three judges siding with the 35-year-old Ugas.
Despite his defeat, Pacquiao maintained his polite demeanor.
“I congratulate my opponent Yordenis Ugas for making [a] tough [fight] tonight and winning tonight. That’s boxing,”
Pacquiao currently has a 62-8-2 win-loss-draw record, with 39 of his victories coming through knockout.
Pacquiao also confessed that he struggled to make adjustments in the ring, which resulted in his 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,”
Despite this, the Sarangani native thanked everyone who came to watch the fight live and 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.”