Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas on Friday cleared the ultimate hurdle earlier than they meet within the ring Saturday night time at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (pay per view).
Pacquiao and Ugas, the WBA 147-pound titleholder, weighed in at 146 and 147, respectively.
The Filipino icon held the WBA title till the sanctioning physique designated him “champion in recess” due to his inactivity, at which period Ugas was elevated to full champ.
There can be no confusion about who has the rightful declare on the belt except one thing unexpected occurs on Saturday.
“I have a lot of respect for him so I’ve very excited,” Ugas stated by way of a translator after the weigh-in. “But all respect is completed after we get into the ring tomorrow. … I’m undoubtedly very emotional, very enthusiastic about this chance.
“I have the belt. Whoever wins tomorrow gets the belt, but right now I’m the champion, and I’m ready.”
Ugas (24-0, 12 KOs) took the battle on 11 days discover after Errol Spence Jr. pulled out with an eye fixed harm. Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) says he’s anticipating a troublesome battle.
“I’m not taking this fight lightly,” Pacquiao stated. “Of course, I don’t want to be overconfident for this fight. I want to make sure tomorrow I get the victory. And God willing the fans will be happy.”
The weigh-in outcomes of preliminary bout are as follows:
- Victor Ortiz got here in a pound over the 147-pound restrict for his scheduled 10-rond welterweight battle in opposition to Robert Guerrero, who weighed 146.75.
- Mark Magsayo and Julio Ceja got here in a 125.5 and 125, respectively, for his or her scheduled 12-round featherweight bout.
- And featherweights Oscar Escandon and Carlos Castro weighed 125.75 and 125.5 for his or her scheduled 10-rounder.