Manny Pacquiao will be looking to win back the WBA (super) welterweight belt he had stripped from him when he takes on Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas this weekend.
Manny Pacquiao v Yordenis Ugas WBA (Super) Welterweight Title Fight Boxing Tips & Predictions
Manny Pacquiao should have been fighting American Errol Spence for the WBC and IBF welterweight title on Saturday in Las Vegas, but Spence was forced to cancel the fight due to an eye injury that requires surgery.
Pacquiao will now take on Yordenis Ugas with the WBA (Super) welterweight title on the line. Pacquiao won this belt against Keith Thurman back in 2019 but was stripped of the title due to inactivity.
That was the last time the 42-year-old was in the ring, and the Filipino knows he probably doesn’t have many fights left in his career. SO, he is eager to make the most of it and put on a show to get that belt around his waist.
Ugas won the vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight title with a split decision win over Abel Ramos last September. The Cuban fighter was then elevated to WBA (Super) champion after Pacquiao had the title stripped from him.
This will be Ugas’ first title defence, and unfortunately for him, I feel it will be his last. Pacquiao might not be as good as he once was, but he should still be too strong and clever for Ugas.
I am not convinced Pacquiao has the power anymore to knock guys out for fun. I think he will win this quite convincingly, but it will still go the distance.
Manny Pacquiao v Yordenis Ugas WBA (Super) Welterweight Title Fight Boxing Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Manny Pacquiao: “I feel great. My team has full confidence in my capabilities even at 42 years old and they note that I still have what it takes to face elite calibre opponents. Although the recuperation period of a 42-year-old may not be the same as a 25-year-old fighter, I still love what I am doing. I’m enjoying training and I’m learning more about myself every day. Everything is top secret, of course. I’m training and challenging myself daily and I am inspired to perform at my best owing to the fact that this might be my last fight. I’ve never given predictions. I always climb the ring ready and prepared for everything. Everything is at stake as this might be my last fight. I might as well finish the race with a spectacular performance. Legacies are subjective to the minds of the fans. Of course, a win for me after so long out would be very grand for my country and family. “What I can say to the fans is this fight is not an easy fight. Ugas is a champion. He took my belt, and we have to settle it inside the ring. You know, I’ll never take him lightly for this August fight because Ugas is a kind of fighter you cannot underestimate. This is going to be a good fight, also. Ugas and Spence are similar and the same [height], so nothing changed. Just different style in southpaw and right-handed.”
Yordenis Ugas: “This means the world to me. I’m fighting not for the money, but for my legacy, for my country, for my own story that’s going to be told. That’s what it’s about to be. This is the most important fight of my life.”