“I Have No Problem”- Manny Pacquiao Can Fight Errol Spence Jr. After Yordenis Ugas

Published 08/11/2021, 7:07 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao is still open to facing two-belt unified champion Errol Spence Jr. after their potential fight got scrapped from the August 21 card. Spence Jr’s untimely retina injury has cost him the opportunity, which the WBA champion, Yordenis Ugas, will now relish.

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While Manny Pacquiao is still fighting in the main event, Errol Spence Jr’s departure can take away some attention from the card. However, ‘Pac-Man’ gave a possible lifeline to the Errol Spence Jr. fight.

In a chat with TMZ, Manny Pacquiao said, “I have no problem [fighting Spence]. As long as he’s still physically fit, then okay.”

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Meanwhile, a shock defeat against Yordenis Ugas can disrupt Manny Pacquiao’s plans. Furthermore, as the 42-year-old is rumored to be running for presidential elections in the Philippines, the upcoming fight can be his last pro appearance in the ring.

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All these factors clearly raise eyebrows regarding a possible ‘Pac-Man’ vs ‘The Truth’ collision. Nevertheless, it can still happen somewhere down the line.

For now, Pacquiao seems focused on preparing for his new opponent, Yordenis Ugas. He will be hard-pressed for time to come up with new tactics and routines to claim a massive win on his return.

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Two years after having beaten Keith Thurman, Pacquaio will come back in a stellar title fight. While most boxers of his generation, like De La Hoya, Hatton, and Mayweather, have retired, Pacquaio is still standing amongst the modern-day warriors.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

This fight vs Ugas can help him stay active and it can serve as a warmup for the Errol Spence Jr. bout. Furthermore, as a hefty-payday is already knocking on the doors for the Filipino star, it’s a win-win situation for the former eight-division champion.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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