Manny Pacquiao’s subsequent battle has misplaced luster.
The Filipino icon, who was scheduled to face WBC and IBF welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr. on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas, will as a substitute tackle WBA champ Yordenis Ugas after Spence pulled out with a watch harm.
A pre-fight medical examination revealed a retinal tear in Spence’s left eye. He reportedly may have surgical procedure on Wednesday.
Ugas was alleged to have confronted Fabian Maidana on the Pacquiao-Spence undercard however Maidana pulled out with an harm, leaving the Cuban free to fill in for Spence.
The Pacquiao-Spence matchup was intriguing partly due to the daring choice the 42-year-old, eight-division titleholder made to face one of many high fighters pound for pound.
A victory over Spence would’ve been a crowning achievement in Pacquiao’s marvelous profession.
“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be able to fight Manny Pacquiao on Aug. 21,” Spence mentioned. “I was excited about the fight and the event. Unfortunately, the doctors found a tear in my left eye and said I needed to get surgery on it ASAP and that there was no way I could fight with my eye in that condition.”
Pacquiao expressed his assist for Spence.
“The proper way — and the only way — to win a world title is inside the ring,” he mentioned. “… I ask everybody to affix me in praying for a full and full restoration for Errol Spence Jr.
“Thank God his physical examination discovered his eye condition before he suffered any further damage.”
The Ugas battle isn’t as fascinating as a result of Ugas isn’t as a major a menace to Pacquiao and doesn’t have the fanbase of Spence, who is extremely revered worldwide.
That mentioned, Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) is a serious titleholder with a wonderful skillset. Many consider he deserved the choice in an in depth loss to Shawn Porter in March 2019, after which he has received three consecutive fights.
Make no mistake: Ugas has an opportunity to beat Pacquiao.
Plus, Ugas holds the title that Pacquiao received by outpointing Keith Thurman in July 2019, his most-recent outing. He was later designated as “champion in recess” due to his inactivity, which resulted in Ugas being elevated to full titleholder.
Pacquiao objected to the WBA’s choice. The battle will give him the chance to regain the title he believes is rightfully his.
“It’s an honor to fight the great multiple-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, as I am more than ready to take on this challenge,” Ugas mentioned. “I’ve great respect for Pacquiao, however I’m coming to win this battle.
“Everyone knows my story about how I came to America to follow my dreams of becoming a world champion, and now it’s time to stamp my legacy with a victory as one of the best Cuban fighters to ever put on a pair of gloves.”
Spence indicated on social media that his medical doctors had been optimistic that he’d make a full restoration, as he did from a horrible automobile accident in in October 2019.
And he expects to face the winner of Pacquiao-Ugas.
“I came back from worse,” Spence tweeted.