Is Manny Pacquiao upset that his tremendous battle towards Errol Spence Jr. fell by means of after Spence examined optimistic for COVID-19? Not actually.
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 a giant stage, simply as he has executed for many of the previous 20 years.
“I did my best in training and in preparation for this fight, so I wanted to make sure my hard 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 important factor that I can showcase my laborious work within the health club after we face one another on battle evening.
“I’m not disappointed at all in what happened because my hard work will not be wasted. Ugas stepped up and is bringing his WBA championship into the fight, which I’m excited to fight 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 received’t be straightforward to win it again towards 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 undoubtedly not a straightforward battle., Pacquiao mentioned. “Ugas is a champion as a result of they gave him my belt. Now, we’ve got to settle it inside the ring. I can’t take him evenly, as a result of he’s the type of fighter who will reap the benefits of that. …
“I know that Ugas is also very prepared for his fight because he was going to be on the undercard. If there was no Ugas on the undercard, it’s possible we would have cancelled the fight. It’s a good thing we had another welterweight champion on the card for this scenario that happened.”
This state of affairs has allowed followers to see one of many best fighters of all time not less than another time. At his age, there’s no assure he’ll battle once more.