Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao was in a reflective mood after his unanimous points decision loss to Yordenis Ugas on Saturday night, triggering fears that he may retire
Manny Pacquiao has suggested that he may retire after losing to Cuban Yordenis Ugas in their clash for the WBA welterweight world title.
The 42-year-old was unable to summon the magical speed which has excited boxing fans around the world for two decades, leaving many to think that he may choose to retire now.
After the fight concluded, Pacquiao was clearly very pensive. Although he didn’t explicitly state that he was going to retire, every indication suggests that the fight in Las Vegas may well have been his last.
Ugas was initally given the title after the WBA stripped Pacquiao of it earlier this year for inactivity as he didn’t fight for two years.
Speaking in his press conference, Pacquiao responded to questions about a potential retirement: “I don’t know. Let me rest first and relax and make a decision if I fight again.
“In the future, you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight again in the ring.
“I don’t know. But for how many decades, I’m so happy with what I’ve done in boxing. I contribute a record in boxing also and to make boxing the top.
“And especially bring honour to my country and the Filipino people. I’m so proud to be a Filipino and thankful to all the fans all over the world.”
Pacquiao then went on to explain what he thought were the reasons behind the upset, before again making contemplative comments indicative of a fighter who is set to hang up his gloves.
The Filipino said: “I had a hard time in the ring making adjustments to Ugas’ style. I think that’s the problem for me.
“I didn’t make the adjustments right away, and my legs were tight. Yeah, my legs were so tight. That’s why it’s hard to move.
“I’m sorry I lost tonight. I did my best. I apologise.
“I hope in my more than 20 years in boxing; I made your enjoyment and happiness in my career.
“That’s boxing. I congratulate my opponent Yordenis Ugas for making it tough tonight and winning tonight. That’s boxing.”
Ugas praised the legendary pugilist in his own comments after the bout, before outlining his future intentions. The 35-year-old said: “I’m very excited, but I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this moment today.
“Now the plan is to unify the title at welterweight. Everybody said that he was the champion, now we know who the real champion is.”
Pacquiao also said that he would make an announcement next month as to whether or not he will campaign to be the President of the Philippines in the 2022 election.
He is already a senator in his home country and may look to challenge controversial incumbent Rodrigo Duterte’s succession plans.