Boxing Rankings (August 23, 2021): Yordenis Ugas, Manny Pacquiao, more

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Did Manny Pacquiao win the fight last night?

Ugás beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision in Las Vegas, putting on an impressive technical performance on 11 days' notice and retaining his WBA welterweight title. Associated PressManny Pacquiao loses to Yordenis Ugás by unanimous decision

Yordenis Ugas made his biggest move yet at 147.

Ranked fights for the next two weeks:

While Pacquiao is indeed old, he was also still competitive, though the loss was clear. I have dropped Manny down to No. 5 for now, but I do expect him to announce his retirement at some point in the relatively near future. It could take a few months for him to sort it all out, and it should, he’s earned that right, and those are where the retirements that stick usually come from, too, not the “heat of the moment” retirements after a loss.

In that sense, would I pick Pacquiao to beat Danny Garcia right now? Maybe, but that’d be a tough fight for both. I don’t think I’d pick him to beat Vergil Ortiz or Jaron Ennis, because I think they’re both too explosive, and carry too much youthful power, as great as Manny’s chin is. But Pacquiao sits at five for the moment.

Ugas goes up to three, jumping over Shawn Porter. I know Porter beat Ugas in 2019, but that was highly questionable, first of all, and it’s not 2019 anymore, either. But that’s a switchable position, I think. The top four are, to me, pretty clear at this point, with 1-2 being Spence/Crawford or Crawford/Spence, and 3-4 being Ugas/Porter or Porter/Ugas.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Terence Crawford vs (4) Shawn Porter, TBA

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Pacquiao loses to Ugas via unanimous decision

CNN Philippines 23 August, 2021 - 11:10pm

Manny Pacquiao gingerly talks retirement

The Manila Times 23 August, 2021 - 11:10pm

"DIMINISHED, but relieved" is how one writer described Britain's ambivalent feelings when it lost India, which used to be bannered as "its jewel in the crown."

Conflicting thoughts similarly marked how our populous country and populist government collectively viewed the shocking loss of boxing great Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao to Cuban Yordenis Ugás in their welterweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 21 (Sunday in Manila).

Filipino pride was indisputably diminished by the loss because Pacquiao was our people's once-in-a-lifetime champion and a boxing icon to the whole world. He surpassed the sterling records of many boxing greats in his weight class and in the sport. To many, he established a kind of gold standard in boxing that would endure.

But there was also a feeling of national relief because in the sober aftermath of the fight, Pacquiao in disappointment acknowledged his exceptional gifts have been diminished by age, and he may not return to the ring. The idea of retirement gladdened many because this way, Pacquiao could avoid the fate of many boxing greats, who persisted in fighting professionally until their bodies gave out.

Oddly, the media chorused in calling Ugás' victory an "upset," as though the Cuban had landed a lucky punch.

In truth, according to the boxing judges and seasoned boxing analysts, the result was decisive and lopsided.

Ugás put on an impressive performance on 11 days' notice as replacement fighter (for Errol Spence Jr.) and handily retained his WBA welterweight title.

Two judges scored it 116-112 for Ugás, and a third had it 115-113.

Agence France Presse reported: "Against Ugás, age finally appeared to have caught up with Pacquiao as he was outboxed and outfoxed by a skillful, younger opponent."

Freddie Roach said Pacquiao had struggled to get to grips with Ugás' advantages in height and reach.

"His range was hard to get to," Roach said. "He's got long arms, very tall, he was hard to get to. He fought a good fight. We just couldn't reach him."

Pacquiao said he felt cramps and could not move his feet.

Although Ugás said he would be willing to give Pacquiao a rematch, many could not see how a second fight would pan out differently.

Pacquiao must turn his attention next to his political career, and the vital Philippine elections next year. Already a senator, he has teased his fans with extravagant talk about running for president.

To many Filipinos, however, this career trajectory is more laughable than inspiring. Some hope his Las Vegas defeat would spare the nation from the pathetic spectacle of a Pacquiao candidacy.

The man is serious about his politics, however. In Las Vegas, he mused to reporters: "There are a lot of things I need to accomplish to help people and that's my mission. I want to be an inspiration to all the Filipino people inside and outside the ring.

"I am a fighter inside and outside the ring. And I look forward to getting back to the Philippines and serving the Filipino people as this pandemic continues to affect millions in the Philippines."

Manny will take his time before deciding on his future plans.

Before Sunday's fight, the New Yorker magazine published on August 20 an investigative article on Pacquiao by Kalefa Sanneh, entitled, "Manny Pacquiao and when a boxer should retire."

It focused on the fact Pacquiao is 42 and would be fighting his 73rd fight in meeting Ugas. Sanneh had some startling information and insights to share. He wrote:

"The strategy of boxing is to hit and not get hit, but the practice of boxing invariably entails both, in fluctuating proportions. In the course of a career, the damage accumulates, often in ways even a casual fan can't help but notice: one difference between boxing and other sports is a decisive loss can be not just temporarily demoralizing but permanently diminishing.

Earlier this year, a writer named Tris Dixon published an important book about boxing, one all boxing fans should read, precisely because some of them may find that it affects their fandom. Dixon loves the sport, and hosts an entertaining podcast about it, "Boxing Life Stories." But his book is called Damage: The Untold Story of Brain Trauma in Boxing, and it brings together life stories, statistics and scientific research to make an argument about just how damaging boxing can be. In fact, boxing probably always will be. Dixon shows how the effects of brain trauma went from being a running joke, as when people mocked former fighters for being "punch drunk," to being a scientific reality. He cites Christopher Nowinski, the former professional wrestler who has helped sound the alarm about chronic traumatic encephalopathy in sports, especially football. (Earlier this week, Nowinki's group enlisted the legendary quarterback Brett Favre to release a video urging parents not to let their children play tackle football before the age of 14.) Nowinski suggests 'C.T.E. and concussions are a bigger problem in boxing than any other sport,' an obvious truth all fight fans know, even if many of us find ways to ignore it. Anyone who follows boxing seriously learns to recognize the clipped, irregular speech patterns common to people who have spent time in the ring - and learns, too, to expect when there is a news story about a former fighter it is unlikely to be a happy one.

What should we do with this information? One of the many people Dixon talked to was Freddie Roach, a former fighter who is now Pacquiao's head trainer. Roach is a beloved figure - one of the sport's great talkers even though, at age 61, he has a subdued voice and sometimes fragmented by the effects of Parkinson's disease. 'Maybe I'm wrong for teaching people the sport that maybe gave me the disease I have,' Roach tells Dixon, but he says he tries to protect his fighters, with mixed results. 'I've told seven guys to retire in my lifetime,' Roach says. 'Five told me to go and fuck myself.' He remembers when his trainer told him to retire, he refused. 'It's easy for you to say but it's all I know,' Roach responded. 'What am I going to do?' If he'd known he could be such an effective trainer, perhaps he wouldn't have fought so long. And perhaps he would be sturdier, healthier and happier today.

Perhaps not, though. Again and again in Dixon's book, boxers tell him they are going to outsmart the sport, by retiring before they get hurt. But, although scientists can (almost without exception, it seems) see damage in a dead boxer's brain, they can't say which fights caused it, or how much of the damage they caused. Dixon himself suspects some of the worst damage comes from endless sparring; he urges fighters to adopt less violent methods of training, saving the big punches for fight night. It is easy to say fighters should not fight for too long but hard to say precisely when they should stop. Over the past decade, Pacquiao has been outboxed (by Mayweather), he has lost controversial decisions (to Bradley in 2012 and to Jeff Horn in 2017) and he has suffered a shocking knockout loss (to Juan Manuel Márquez in 2012). But in that time, Pacquiao has never looked like a boxer who ought to be unwillingly retired and he has not suffered the kind of comprehensive, night-long beatdown that makes even boxing's most unflinching fans feel a bit squeamish. Perhaps Yordenis Ugás will find a way to change that on Saturday night."

Manny Pacquiao’s upset loss results in big win for sportsbooks

Las Vegas Review-Journal 23 August, 2021 - 04:47pm

The vast majority of action on Saturday night’s fight at T-Mobile Arena was on Manny Pacquiao, a -380 favorite who lost by unanimous decision to Yordenis Ugas.

Manny Pacquiao’s upset loss to Yordenis Ugas was a huge win for Las Vegas sportsbooks.

The vast majority of action on Saturday night’s fight at T-Mobile Arena was on Pacquiao, a -380 favorite who lost by unanimous decision.

BetMGM, which took straight wagers of $60,000 and $45,000 on Pacquiao, reported a high six-figure win.

“We did very well on that fight,” MGM Resorts director of trading Jeff Stoneback said. “Being at T-Mobile helped our properties (near the arena).

“I was surprised so much of the money was on Pacquiao. Usually, they always bet the (underdog) early.”

Caesars Sports also reported a six-figure win. Bettors were originally all over the 42-year-old Pacquiao as an underdog to Errol Spence Jr. before Spence withdrew Aug. 10 from the bout because of a retinal tear in his left eye.

“They were betting him like crazy against one of the top three or four fighters in the world, so they figured it would be an easy win against a late replacement,” Caesars Sports vice president of trading Nick Bogdanovich said. “But Father Time is undefeated.”

The Westgate SuperBook and Circa Sports also reported solid wins.

“It was a big winner for us,” Westgate vice president Jay Kornegay said. “It was a nice boost in the dog days of baseball. We took a couple of large bets on Pacquiao. There didn’t seem to be much interest in the dog.”

A Westgate bettor placed a $10,000 wager on Pacquiao to win by decision (+150).

Circa sportsbook operations manager Jeff Benson said the odds climbed amid speculation after the weigh-in that Ugas might have had a torn bicep.

“That number steamed a little bit given that Ugas looked like he had a swollen bicep at the weigh-in,” Benson said. “With any Manny Pacquiao fight, you see a lot of public money on him in straight bets or parlays.

“Any time you can get an underdog to win when Pacquiao is fighting, it’s certainly going to be a good result for the book.”

Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.

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