Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas: Official Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/21/2021, 3:53 AM EDT


Manny Pacquiao wouldn’t face the biggest name of his career when he takes on Yordenis Ugas for the WBA strap on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ending a two-year-long hiatus, Pacquiao will fight for the belt that he had never lost, but was stripped off due to inactivity.

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However, the road to reclaiming it may not be an easy one. Ugas, 26-4, is currently on a three-fight win streak. Furthermore, the top-tier 147 pounder can leap to the absolute top by vanquishing ‘Pac-Man’. Hence, this can provide him with added motivation to unleash violence on the fight night.

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Meanwhile, as Pacquiao will come with all his experience and skills, Yordenis Ugas can face a tough time. Besides, several more factors can play an important role in crafting both men’s prowess in the ring. Here’s a look at how the scrap can go down.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas- Battle in the ring

’54 Milagros’ Ugas will see himself gain momentum under the physical parameters. He is 5’9” with a 69” reach. ’54 Milagros’ stands taller than a 5’5 ½” Pacquiao, who has a reach of 67”. However, Manny Pacquiao’s 71-fight experience (62-7-2) will tower over Ugas’s experience of just around 30 fights.

Another thing that favors Pacquiao is that he had prepared for a showdown against WBC-IBF champion Errol Spence Jr.

A sudden shift from Spence Jr. to Ugas can actually be a boon to ‘Pac-Man’ who can hang his gloves after the bout. Moreover, Manny Pacquiao’s southpaw stance can be extremely tricky for an orthodox puncher like Yordenis Ugas. So, will it be a lopsided affair? Well, maybe. No!

Yordenis Ugas’ advantages

While Pacquiao took a break from action after 2019, Ugas scored 2 wins in 2020 and has been more active than Manny Pacquiao in recent times. Nevertheless, given the unpredictability in boxing, the Cuban star, Ugas, can also land a shocking upset.

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On that note, none of the contenders can overlook each other. Both boxers can go the distance or ending the show with one clean hit. That said, the nearing collision puts relevant chances on both the boxers’ corner, which can be settled only through the in-ring clash.

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Prediction: Manny Pacquiao beats Yordenis Ugas via unanimous decision

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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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