Damian Lillard’s offseason regiment includes a lot of boxing, so it’s no surprise that Dame is keeping a close eye on all the legends in the sport. Last night, Manny Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision to Yordenis Ugas. With the Filipino legend’s future uncertain, Dame and other NBA figures have voiced their opinions on the game.
Dame was among the first to tweet what he thought of the Pacquiao-Ugas fight. As part of his promotional tour, the Portland Trail Blazers star traveled to the Philippines, so he won the hearts of Filipino fans. From his series of tweets, it looks like Lillard was glued to the screen.
Dame Time even retweeted a post from Teddy Atlas and Andre Ward, which appears to echo her views on the outcome. – Ugas won the fight.
Mychal Thompson, Klay Thompson’s father, also stepped in and expressed support in case Manny runs for the top public office in the Philippines in the next election. It’s no secret that Klay is a Pac-Man fan. Before his fight, the star of the Golden State Warriors visited him in the Wild Card Gym.
We know the list wouldn’t be complete without Moses Moody’s biggest fan. Controversial commentator and retired NBA player Kendrick Perkins has agreed on the outcome of the fight.
Pacquiao and other NBA players
Many NBA players are boxing fans, especially Manny Pacquiao. They often tweet their opinions after his fight. The late great Kobe Bryant posted this on Twitter as he didn’t believe in the Pacquiao scorecards against Jeff Horn.
Kobe and Pacman both had a deal with Nike, and the former was a frequent visitor to the Philippines. But that’s not the only reason the Pacman has such a huge following in the NBA. The Philippines are crazy about basketball, just like Manny. As much as it was a privilege for NBA players to meet a boxing legend, so it was up to Manny to hang out with NBA stars.
DeMar DeRozan also couldn’t believe that Horn won by decision:
This shows that athletes are fans of other athletes in different sports. Manny, a former Philippine Basketball Association coach, could often be seen playing pickup games, and he has shown he can be a third member of the Splash Brothers. Maybe a trade with the Warriors isn’t out of the question.
However, this time around, it looks like NBA players are unanimous in agreeing that Ugas won this fight. He showed the courage to take the fight as a replacement for Errol Spence Jr. in just two weeks notice. Ugas deserved the win when maybe it’s time for Pacquiao to hang up for good. He is 42 years old, and his legacy is already intact in the world of boxing. For NBA players and other fans around the world, he has nothing more to prove.