Early in the fight, Pacquiao flashed superior speed with his hands and feet, dived into punch range, solved combinations and fired from danger. But Ugas boxed like a pitcher who changes speed and arm angles to keep the batters off balance. As the rounds went on, Ugas set the pace with his left jab, bouncing it off Pacquiao’s forehead and spearing him at the body. He often combined those jabs with his right hand—straight to Pacquiao’s face, roundhouse blows to the temple, and heavy shots to the stomach.
Ten seconds into the 11th round, Pacquiao put his feet on the ground and kept his left hand tense, and in the split second before he could deliver his shot, Ugas landed a roundhouse on the right side of the head. The passage included Ugas’ plan to control distance and pace with his length and precise punching.
“I knew I had to do my job, not his job,” said Ugas, who is now 27-4. “I’m happy. I’ve shown what kind of fighter I am.”
Two judges scored the match 116-112, and a third scored 115-113, all for Ugas.
According to CompuBox, Pacquiao threw 815 punches and landed 130, a 16 percent rate. Ugas threw just 405 punches, but landed 151, for a 37.3 percent success rate. Ugas also got 59.1 percent of his power punches, compared to 25.9 percent for Pacquiao.
Those numbers illustrate Ugas’ efficiency and highlight Pacquiao’s effort to both avoid punches and land his own punches. For Roach, the statistics predict trouble for Pacquiao’s future as an elite boxer.
“I’m a little worried about it, yeah,” Roach said at the press conference. “I would hate to see that day when he retires, but this could be it.”