Manny Pacquiao Conqueror Ordered to Defend His Title Against Eimantas Stanionis

Published 09/17/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manny Pacquiao (left) fights Yordenis Ugas in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports


Vanquishing Manny Pacquiao wasn’t enough for Yordenis Ugas to continue being the WBA welterweight world champion. The Cuban star will now have to defend his belt shortly before going for the WBA unification clash. While fans have often accused boxing of having allotted too many titles, World Boxing Association seems to have taken some necessary steps to cut its number of champions.

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Per reports, WBA announced two mandatory title fights to settle one champion under their name.

As of now, Yordenis Ugas holds the WBA Super 147 lbs belt and Jamal James has the Regular title. But the recent plans cite WBA to have only one welterweight champion in the future. Thus, both the current titlists will reportedly defend their belts against mandatory challengers. After that, the winners will collide in a unification fight.

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 Badlefthook also claimed that Ugas will defend his title against Eimantas Stanionis by January 2020. Also, Jamal James will have to put his belt at stake against Radzhab Butaev in the next two months. The winners of these two bouts will clash somewhere around March 2022.

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This static plan may allure several fans, However, it can also curb a few fantasy fights from happening, including the potential rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas. While ‘Pac-Man’ had desired for the bout, it doesn’t seem on the cards.

Yordenis Ugas needs to become the sole WBA champion before going for the other titles

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Per WBA’s current plans, Ugas cannot afford to overlook his opponents from the WBA stable at least before March. If he wants to unify the world titles, he will first have to become the sole WBA champion.

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)

If he is successful, he can try to hunt for a showdown against WBC-IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. or the winner of the Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter fight. However, following the WBA’s unique orders, things around the championship scene could be way different come March 2022.

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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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