For whatever it lost from the standpoint of commercial appeal as the blockbuster pay-per-view event of the summer, Manny Pacquiao’s return on Saturday following a two-year layoff still presents an incredibly intriguing style matchup. Watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas live stream here:
Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas
Date: Saturday, Aug. 21
Time: 12am ET / 9pm PT
After unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. was forced to withdraw just 11 days out following surgery for a torn retina, reigning WBA titleholder Yordenis Ugas was bumped up from the PPV main card to face Pacquiao in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao was originally set to fight IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, but he pulled out of the fight only a couple of weeks ago after sustaining a torn retina to his left eye.
Ugas was already on the fight card and was elevated to the main bout with Pacquiao, which has been billed as a grudge match.
In his most recent fight back in 2019, Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman via split decision, before taking the rest of 2019 and all of 2020 off.
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Though this fight is perceived to be less intriguing for the general public — Spence is rated as the No. 4 pound-for-pound fighter by ESPN and Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers in history — Ugas will not be a pushover opponent. He has won 11 of his last 12 fights, with his only defeat coming in controversial fashion against former WBC champion Shawn Porter in March of 2019.
Controversy arose between the two fighters in January, when Ugas was awarded the WBA (super) welterweight title after Pacquiao had not fought since his victory over Thurman in July of 2019. Pacquiao applied to be reinstated as the WBA champion in July but was denied by the organization.
Ugas defeated Abel Ramos by split decision in September of 2020 to win the WBA (regular) title before he was upgraded to the super champion in January. Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas live stream, Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas odds, Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas Prediction.