- Sen. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has revealed that he suffered from leg cramps during his fight with Cuban fighter, Yordenis Ugas
- He said that at the start of Round 2 and on through Round 12, his leg cramps bothered him a lot, causing the Pinoy boxing legend to lose focus in the fight
- Manny also said that it is the main reason why he failed to launch effective offensive punches and only contented himself with counter-punching
- The boxing legend bowed to the Cuban boxer after the judges handed a unanimous decision to Ugas
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Sen. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has revealed that he suffered from painful leg cramps the entire time he was fighting Cuban boxer, Yordenis Ugas.
He said that his leg cramps started in Round 2 and persisted up to Round 12.
“My two legs tightened and were hurting me from the second to the 12th round,” the fighting senator said.
According to the boxing legend, this made it difficult for him to move and stick to his battle plan.
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“The thing is my two legs were cramping that’s why I cannot move around,” Manny added.
The boxing legend also said that his leg cramps affected his entire body, making it hard for him to launch an offensive, which is why he remained only a counter-puncher almost the entire time during the fight.
Added to his leg woes is the longer reach of the much taller Ugas.
“I just stayed and countered with his punches. That’s what happened,” the boxing legend revealed.
He said, however, that he’s not making his leg cramps as his excuse on why he lost. He said he’s just happy both he and Ugas are safe.
“That’s boxing. I’ve done a lot in boxing and I’m happy that both of us are safe,” Pacman said.
There were some observers though who did not buy what Pacman said and expressed their belief that the boxing legend has become too old for the sport.
Judges handed the win to Ugas in a 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 unanimous decision.
Many are now calling for the fighting senator to hang up his gloves because he has nothing left to prove, having been champion and pound for pound king once, aside from being the only boxer to win in eight different weight divisions and 12 major world titles.
Manny Pacquiao is an eight-division world boxing champion, considered one of the greatest boxers in history. He also found success as a politician, first becoming a congressman before getting elected as a senator.
A day after his fight with Yordenis Ugas, Sen. Manny Pacquiao finally shared his first online post. It can be recalled that Pacquiao absorbed a unanimous decision defeat to the Cuban boxer on August 22, Philippine time. A day after their match, the Filipino boxing legend penned a post where he expressed so much gratitude despite his upset loss. The Philippine senator also likewise congratulated Ugas and his team.
Even veteran showbiz columnist, Lolit Solis, found time to post on Instagram and praise the all-time champ Manny Pacquiao for the humility he exhibited. The veteran showbiz columnist said that the character of the champ was something really commendable. He apologized to the Filipinos after having failed to win over Ugas, and the act certainly won the hearts of many celebs, Manay Lolit included. Manay also noted that the People's Champ did not have any bitterness in his heart and that he even smiles even though that he did not win.