Is Manny Pacquiao upset that his tremendous battle in opposition to Errol Spence Jr. fell via after Spence examined optimistic for COVID-19? Not likely.
Pacquiao will nonetheless be dealing with an elite opponent on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas, WBA titleholder Yordenis Ugas. Thus, the 42-year-old icon will a possibility to do his factor on an enormous stage, simply as he has executed for a lot of the previous twenty years.
“I did my finest in coaching and in preparation for this battle, so I needed to ensure my arduous work was not wasted,” Pacquiao mentioned throughout a digital press convention. “Ugas was able to battle and problem me on August 21. So it’s an incredible factor that I can showcase my arduous work within the health club after we face one another on battle evening.
“I’m not disillusioned in any respect in what occurred as a result of my arduous work is not going to be wasted. Ugas stepped up and is bringing his WBA championship into the battle, which I’m excited to battle for.”
Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) was handed the WBA belt when the sanctioning physique designated Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) its “champion in recess” due to his exercise. He hasn’t fought since he outpointed Keith Thurman to win the title in July 2019.
Pacquiao acknowledges it gained’t be straightforward to win it again in opposition to Ugas, a slick boxer who fights from an orthodox stance. Pacquiao had been making ready for Spence, who’s a southpaw.
“What I can say to the followers is that that is positively not a simple battle., Pacquiao mentioned. “Ugas is a champion as a result of they gave him my belt. Now, now we have to settle it inside the ring. I can not take him calmly, as a result of he’s the form of fighter who will reap the benefits of that. …
“I do know that Ugas can be very ready for his battle as a result of he was going to be on the undercard. If there was no Ugas on the undercard, it’s attainable we might have cancelled the battle. It’s a superb factor we had one other welterweight champion on the cardboard for this situation that occurred.”
This situation has allowed followers to see one of many best fighters of all time at the least yet one more time. At his age, there’s no assure he’ll battle once more.