Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr. Canceled: New Opponent Revealed for ‘Pac-Man’

Published 08/10/2021, 4:06 PM 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)


The much-awaited Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr. matchup is no longer happening on August 21. WBC-IBF welterweight champion Spence Jr. has suffered a retinal injury on his left eye and has been medically advised to walk away from the fight. However, Pacquiao will still appear on the date and will reportedly take on WBA titlist Yordenis Ugas.

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The sudden derailment in Pacquiao vs Spence Jr. will also influence the ongoing championship ride in the 147 lbs roster. Errol Spence Jr’s departure from the bout will take away the WBC and IBF championship status from the nearing PPV. That said, the vacant Ring 147 lbs belt can remain at stake along with Ugas’ WBA title.

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However, no specific update has been revealed regarding the championships up for grabs. Reporter Michael Benson broke the news via social media, which seemingly disheartened several fans. Meanwhile, it has also put sheer doubts regarding the fruition of Errol Spence Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao, which may never happen again.

The welterweight division is blooming with mandatory contenders. On returning to action, Errol Spence Jr. may have to defend his belts against those boxers. That said, Pacquiao can opt to remain active or end his career with a showdown against Yordenis Ugas. Nevertheless, as per the current scenario, ’54 Milagros’ Ugas will be the prime focus for Manny Pacquiao.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas- The welterweight battle

Unlike Errol Spence Jr, Ugas is not an undefeated elite and is still looking for the best shot of his pro boxing career. Hence, a fight against Manny Pacquiao will be the biggest bout of his life. The Cuban pugilist (26-4) is currently on a three-fight win streak.

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Despite falling short under the physical parameters, Manny Pacquiao’s sheer skills and experience can see him surpass Yordenis Ugas. Besides, Pacquiao was gearing up for a showdown against ‘The Truth’. Ugas is clearly a big name, but is nowhere close to Spence Jr. So we can rightly see Manny Pacquiao claim his 63rd professional boxing win on August 21.

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Or will Ugas be able to land the upset?

Do you think Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas will be worth it?

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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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