Who is Fighting on Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas Undercard? – Detailed Preview and Predictions

Published 08/16/2021, 10:59 AM EDT

Manny Pacquiao will enter his 72nd professional appearance against Yordenis Ugas on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. After beating Thurman for the WBA title in 2019, this will be Pacquiao’s returning fight and possibly his last one.


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Although ‘Pac-Man’ has shown interest in continuing his career, his political role in the Philipines can urge the 42-year-old to retire. That said, the upcoming fight will hold extreme importance in his career.


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Going against Ugas (26-4), Manny Pacquiao will compete for the WBA title once again. The fight will be available live on the FOX PPV at $74.99. Meanwhile, the nine-fight card has eight more bouts that can attract fight fans. Although Pacquiao vs Ugas will remain the chief attraction, the undercard fights complement the headliner perfectly. Here’s a look at the full undercard and prediction of the fights.

Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas: Full fight card

Main event: Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas (C)- WBA welterweight title fight

Co-main event: Mark Magsayo vs Julio Ceja (C)- WBO International featherweight title fight

Featherweight bout: Carlos Castro vs Oscar Escandon

Welterweight bout:- Victor Ortiz vs Robert Guerrero

Lightweight bout:- Frank Martin vs Ryan Kielczweski

Lightweight bout:- Jose Valenzuela vs Esteban Sanchez

Featherweight bout:- Jon Dato vs Angel Antonio Contreras

Heavyweight bout: Steven Torres vs Justin Rolfe

Super middleweight bout: Burley Brooks vs Cameron Sevilla Rivera

Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas: Undercard Predictions

Carlos Castro vs Oscar Escandon:- Undefeated Carlos Castro, 26-0 will dwarf his Colombian rival Escandon, 26-5 over every physical attribute. Besides, a two-year-long layoff will put a larger dent in Escandon’s chances. However, ‘El Guerrero’ is a bigger puncher and it will clearly add some favor to his side.

Prediction: Carlos Castro beats Oscar Escando va decision.

Victor Ortiz vs Robert Guerrero:- After three years, Victor Ortiz will come back to the ropes, and face another veteran Roberto Guerrero who will relinquish a hiatus of two years. Both the boxers are well-claimed and will bring sheer experience to their side. Meanwhile, both the southpaw boxers almost share similar physical attributes. So, the one to land the best shots will have his hands raised.

Prediction: Victor Ortiz Knocks out Robert Guerrero (7 round)

Frank Martin vs Ryan Kielczweski:- Undefeated Frank Martin, 13-0, is now eyeing towards the bigger tickets in his division and Ryan Kielczweski is the most appropriate choice for it. 30-5 as a pro, ‘The Polish Prince’ has lost his last fight and is looking for retribution. So, he might come with added preparation. However, Martin has been flawless so far and can easily turn Kielczweski into his 14 in-ring victim.

Prediction: Frank Martin beats Ryan Kielczweski via unanimous decision


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Jose Valenzuela vs Esteban Sanchez: Undefeated Valenzuela will have a tough test against Sanchez, 17-1, who has successfully rebounded from his maiden loss in the last fight. Meanwhile, Sanchez will have a 2” height advantage which can play a pivotal role in the clash. Although Valenzuela will have his fair chances of winning, the upcoming bout may see him fall crumble under the pressure.

Prediction: Esteban Sanchez beats Jose Valenzuela via unanimous decision.

Jon Dato vs Angel Antonio Contreras: Filipino boxer Dato will defend his undefeated streak of 14-0-1 against his Mexican rival Contereas, 10-4-2 in a six rounds fight The lesser rounds cite that the fight can see both men turn violent on each other pretty quick. Moreover, Joh Dato has 9 KOs under his bet already. So, he looks favorable to become 15-0 on August 21.

Prediction: John Dato knocks out Angel Antonio Contereas (4 round)


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Steven Torres vs Justin Rolfe: The six rounds collision can either end in a flush or go to the distance, especially with two hard-hitters battling each other. But Rolfe’s 6-4-2 resume falls short before Torre’s undefeated run 4-0. Besides, Torres has a 100% KO ratio and he is clearly the favorite to win.

Prediction: Steven Torres knocks out Justin Rolfe (1 round)

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Burley Brooks vs Cameron Sevilla Rivera: The battle of two orthodox pugilists can bring a pretty interesting result Both men have fallen prey to their rival’s plans several times and are still new on the pro circuit. Meanwhile, they have also proven to be powerful hitters. But Brooks will have an underhand in reach and height. So, he can put them to use and bag an easy win over Rivera.

Prediction: Burley Brooks beats Cameron Sevilla Rivera via a unanimous decision.



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.