Pacquiao suffers unanimous decision loss to Ugas in welterweight title fight

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(CNN Philippines, August 22) — Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas retained his WBA super welterweight title after beating Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision Sunday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Two judges scored the bout 116-112, while the third one scored it 115-113 in favor of Ugas.

Constantly connecting his jabs and keeping Pacquiao at bay with his size advantage, Ugas dictated the tempo of the 12-round showdown.

Pacquiao was at the receiving end of Ugas' counter-punches that left him with a swollen face and a small cut under his right eye towards the end of the bout.

More punches thrown didn't mean more connected as Pacquiao only landed 130 out of his 815 total punches (16 percent), while Ugas connected 151 out of 405 (37 percent).

Ugas, a late injury replacement fighter for American Errol Spence Jr., showed why he's the reigning champion in his division as he methodically outboxed Pacquiao in all corners.

"I told you I am the champion of the WBA and I proved it tonight," Ugas said after the biggest upset win in his career.

Ugas has now won four straight fights and improved his record to 27 wins and four losses.

Meanwhile, the 42-year-old Pacquiao — coming off a two-year absence — absorbed the eighth defeat in 72 fights.