By: Hans Themistode
The smile on the face of Yordenis Ugas was evident the second he received the decision. The 35-year-old WBA welterweight champion was working diligently in coaching camp as he ready to tackle Fabian Maidana on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao.
A lot to his shock, Ugas was elevated to the starring position as soon as it was revealed that Spence Jr. was unfit to face throughout the ring from Pacquiao on account of a torn/indifferent retina in his left eye. Whereas Ugas has wished Spence Jr. a speedy restoration, he couldn’t comprise his wide-spreading grin.
“It feels nice to be in the primary occasion Saturday night time in opposition to a real legend like Pacquiao,” mentioned Ugas throughout an interview with Premier Boxing Champions. “I didn’t hesitate in any respect once I received provided this combat. I knew straight away what a giant alternative it will be and what a win like this could do for my profession. I can’t wait to get within the ring on Saturday night time.”
For Pacquiao, rumors have lengthy circulated that this might be the final time he enters the ring. Having defeated Keith Thurman in July of 2019, earlier than taking what he describes as a “a lot wanted break,” Pacquiao, who’s additionally a senator within the Philippines, is alleged to be angling for a Presidential run in 2022.
Ugas is aware of good and properly of Pacquiao’s political future. As a gesture of kindness, so to talk, the Cuban native want to provide a serving to hand to the previous eight-division world champion by pushing him out of the game of boxing for good.
“I’m right here to wreck any future plans Manny Pacquiao has within the ring and be sure that Saturday is his final combat.”