Manny Pacquiao: Yordenis claims he’s a champion, he has my belt

Manny Pacquiao says he wants to take back his WBA welterweight title from champion Yordenis Ugas on August 21st in their fight on FOX PPV. Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) will be Pacquiao’s opponent after Errol Spence Jr had to cancel because of a torn retinal injury to his left eye that he suffered during a sparring session on Monday.

Ugas had been slated to defend his WBA title in the chief support bout against Fabian Maidana. However, during sparring, Maidana also suffered an eye injury on Monday, which briefly left Ugas without an opponent until getting the call to replace Spence in the main event.

The extent of the injury was too severe for IBF/WBC welterweight champion Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) to carry through with the fight, so he’s now out of the picture in favor of Ugas.

For Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), he looked upset in reacting to the news of Spence pulling out. Pacquiao has been training for the last two months to prepare for Spence, and he’s forced to settle for a lesser fight against WBA 147-lb champion Ugas.

Interestingly, Ugas has Pacquiao’s WBA title recently stripped from him by the World Boxing Association. Pacquiao feels like the title shouldn’t have been stripped from him by the WBA, considering the pandemic got in the way of fights being made. Also, Pacquiao was trying to set up a fight when he was stripped of his title.

Errol Spence Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Yordenis Ugas boxing image / photo

With Spence pulling out of the fight, Pacquiao has a chance to win back his WBA title from Ugas, and he’s looking forward to proving who the better fighter is between them.

“I pray for him for a fast recovery, and I hope everything is fine with him,” said Pacquiao to Team Pacquiao in reacting to Spence pulling out of their August 21st fight due to an eye injury.

Spence had three different doctors examine his injured left eye, and each reached the same conclusion that he had suffered a retinal tear.

“I worked hard for this fight; I’m ready for this fight. I trained like when I was young,” Pacquiao continued. “I remember the fight with [Marco Antonio] Barrera. I’m so excited.

“I’m thankful that August is there to prove that who is the real champion. I believe that my sacrifices and hard work in training is not wasted to prove to the world who is going to be the real champion.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Pacquiao when asked if his and Ugas’ style of fighting will be entertaining for the fans on August 21st.

“Ugas is a fighter, and he claims he’s a champion. He took my belt, but we’ll settle it in the ring,” said Pacquiao.

One gets the sense that there’s a little bit of bad blood on Pacquiao’s part about losing his WBA title to Ugas. Thankfully, he’ll get a chance to regain his WBA belt on August 21st.

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1 thought on “Manny Pacquiao: Yordenis claims he’s a champion, he has my belt”

  1. Pacman will stop Ugas inside 10 rounds. Ugas doesn’t posess enough power to keep Manny off of him. I had Pacman beating Spence.

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