Manny Pacquiao has refused to rule out a rematch with WBA champion Yordenis Ugas following his upset defeat to the Cuban final weekend, which nudged the Filipino boxing star ever nearer to retirement.
Pacquiao, 42, informed The Athletic web site that he might contemplate preventing Ugas once more in January following his unanimous resolution loss to the 35-year-old in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“Yes, I can come back in January. I will see about it,” Pacquiao informed the web site. “I know I can rematch him if I want. I’ll just need to tell (promoter) Al Haymon. That would be no problem.”
Ugas mentioned within the aftermath of his win on Saturday, the place he clinically picked off Pacquiao from lengthy vary to attain a deserved victory, that he can be keen to supply the eight-division world champion a rematch.
Pacquiao — who’s mulling a bid for the presidency of the Philippines — mentioned on Saturday he won’t combat once more after the eighth lack of his glittering 26-year skilled profession.
However, he informed The Athletic he could possibly be tempted by a second Ugas combat, admitting he was nonetheless baffled by the character of final weekend’s loss.
“I will think about it because I can’t believe that one of the easiest opponents I ever faced did that,” mentioned Pacquiao, who has blamed cramping in his legs for his leaden-footed efficiency.
“He shouldn’t have touched me. When I moved right here (to the precise), I had nothing. You know the way I transfer. You’ve seen it so many instances.
“(Ugas) only had one style, and I should’ve been able to easily move away — you’ve seen how I have moved in my fights before. I couldn’t move in this fight. My legs just stopped.”