Manny Pacquiao will once again look to become a world champion when he steps into the ring against WBA (Super) welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas on Aug. 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
An unfortunate injury forced IBF and WBC champion, Errol Spence Jr., from putting his titles on the line against Pacquiao in what was arguably the biggest boxing event of the year. But due to Spence tearing his retina, it will be Ugas stepping in to face boxing’s first and only eight-division world champion.
Pacquiao has not fought since July 20, 2019, when he defeated Keith Thurman by split decision to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title and become the oldest welterweight champion in history at 40. He has won each of his past three fights, with a win against Adrien Broner by unanimous decision and a technical knockout against Lucas Matthysse being the others.
Ugas is a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who has seen some success as a professional. Since suffering a controversial split decision loss to Shawn Porter in 2019, Ugas has won three straight and captured the vacant WBA title when he defeated Abel Ramos last September. The Cuban has proven to be a tough out for his opponents due to his tricky amateur style.
Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) will have both a height and reach advantage over Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) in this fight; 3 inches in height and two inches in reach.
Here’s everything you need to know about Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 21
The Pacquiao-Ugas fight will be held Aug. 21, 2021. The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET with the main event fighters expected to be in the ring around 12:30 a.m. ET.
Main Fight: Pacquiao vs Spence Jr
Date: August 21, 2021
Time: 9 PM ET
Fox Sports PBC PPV
The Pacquiao vs. Spence fight will be available on pay-per-view through Fox Sports’ Premier Boxing Champions, iNDemand and NFLHD.Live
$74.99But at NFLHD.Live it will be only $7
The Pacquiao vs. Ugas fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ugas also seems to be many people’s favorite in the anticipated bout against Manny, with various top boxers rooting for him. He last stepped in the ring on December 4th, 2020, against Danny Garcia. He also became a champion clinching the WBC and IBF welterweight titles in his last fight by unanimous decision. Both fighters are coming from winning illustrious titles, and the ground seems levelled judging by their previous fights. So when and where will the fight occur?
Pacquiao vs Ugas Date, Venue, Location
Before Pacquiao had confirmed to challenge Ugas, he had retired from wrestling and joined politics, where he won the Philippine’s senator seat. However, after Manny Pacquiao confirmed and announced on his social media that he would be challenging his fellow champion in the ring, there has been a lot of excitement. Ugas last fight was in December 2020. He was involved in a car crash and had been healing the facial injuries he sustained. The long-awaited fight between these champions is set to happen on Saturday, August 21st . Although Pacquiao has won 62 out of his 71 fights, Ugas has never lost in any of the 27 times he has fought. Actually, Spence winning in his last contest could be why he was matched with this world’s known boxer. The fight will take place in Nevada, Las Vegas. Since it is a long-anticipated fight, most fans are expected to show up and fill the 65,000 seater arena. However, the AT&T arena in Texas, which has a capacity of 80 000 seats, would have been the best for this event. The fight can’t be held in Texas because it is Ugas hometown, so he will undoubtedly get most of the fans cheering him, which will be unfair to Pacquiao. Pacquiao will make a guaranteed purse of $5 million when he wins against Ugas. This champion took home $120 million when he lost against Mayweather, while his opponent was awarded $180 million. It is anticipated that Pac-man might donate what he will get from this fight to charity, as he always does. Although Pacquiao lost in his last fight to Mayweather, Mayweather told BoxingNews24 that this man is still powerful.
Manny Pacquiao: -430
Yordenis Ugas: +300
Although Ugas is the champion, Pacquiao enters the fight as a significant favorite at -430. It would take a wager of $430 to see a profit of $100 should Pacquiao win. Ugas sits as a three to one underdog at +300. A $100 bet would return a profit of $300 if Ugas pulls off the upset.
Born: Dec. 17, 1978
Reach: 67 inches
Total fights: 71
Record: 62-7-2, 39 knockouts
Born: July 14, 1986
Reach: 69 inches
Total fights: 30
Record: 26-4, 12 knockouts
Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas for Ugas WBA (Super) welterweight championship
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