“It’s Okay”- Manny Pacquiao Claims to Have Sized Up Yordenis Ugas

Published 08/18/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


Just a few days away from their in-ring collision, Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas came face-to-face. Relishing a few advantages under physical parameters, ’54 Milagros’ Ugas seemed to be the bigger guy. However, Pacquiao didn’t seem bothered about the differences.

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The eight-division champion reacted to meeting Yordenis Ugas in person and appeared pleased to be in the position. Although he agreed that he sized up the current WBA welterweight champion, Pacquiao didn’t infuse any harsh feelings over Ugas.

When asked about the face-off, Manny Pacquiao said, “It’s okay, it’s nice to see him.”

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Akin to his previous face-offs, Pacquiao didn’t seem to showcase any emotion. Yordenis Ugas, who has claimed to have a lot of respect for Pacquiao, showed the same. Hence, the press meet went ahead with no trash-talking.

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The Cuban boxer, Ugas, is currently on a three-fight win streak and has been a top-tier champion in the 147 lbs division. Also, as he has also been more active than Pacquiao in the past few years, ‘54 Milagros’ can shock the world on the fight night.

However, he cannot afford to look past Pacquiao as the veteran legend was already in shape and was prepared to take on Errol Spence Jr. Given this, a sudden shift to Yordenis Ugas seems to be a downfall in the quality of Pacquiao’s opponent. Hence, Pacquiao may have a calm night at the office.

Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas- More details

The 12-rounds headliner between ‘Pac-Man’ and ’54 Milagros’ will happen at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will also be available live on FOX PPV. Here’s a look at the complete fight card, before you tune into the stellar main-event.

Fight Card

Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas, 12 rounds, welterweight – Ugas’ WBA welterweight title

Victor Ortiz vs. Robert Guerrero, 10 rounds, welterweight

Mark Magsayo vs. Julio Ceja, 12 rounds, featherweight – WBC featherweight title eliminator

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Carlos Castro vs. Oscar Escandon, 10 rounds, featherweight

Frank Martin vs. Ryan Kielczweski, 10 rounds, lightweight

Jose Valenzuela vs. Esteban Sanchez, 8 rounds, lightweight

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Steven Torres vs. Justin Rolfe, heavyweight, 6 rounds

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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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