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AFTER LOSS TO UGAS: Pacquiao still undecided for retirement

By Diana Mae Salonoy

PHOTO: CGTN

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao admits he was not decided yet to retire shortly after suffering a unanimous decision loss over Cuban champion Yordenis Ugas on Sunday. 

"I don't know, let me rest first, relax and make a decision if I'll continue to fight or not," said Pacquiao postfight, who took a swipe at mentioning retirement at their weigh-in on Saturday. 



The 42-year-old fighting senator faltered in the scorecards via 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112 decision that all went in favor of a much younger Ugas, who now improved his record at 27-4 slate while keeping the WBA welterweight belt. 

PHOTO: The Associated Press

Meanwhile, when asked about his campaign for the presidency, Pacquiao quipped via Fox Sports, "I'll make a final announcement next month."

"I know I'm facing a big problem, more difficult works than boxing so I want to help the people," he added. 

Pacman faced a two-year layoff - with his last knockout win being against Lucas Matthysse back in 2018 - as the Filipino boxing icon slumped to 62-8-2 (39 KOs) after today's loss.

'THIS COULD BE IT'

On the other hand, Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach saw a different horizon from the fight that went against Pacquiao. 

"I hate to see the day he retires but this could be it. We'll see what Manny decides," stated Roach, who predicted the match into Pacquiao's favor at
Round 6.