Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas WBA Rankings: Where Do Both Boxers Currently Stand in the Welterweight Division?

Published 08/19/2021, 7:35 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas are all set to roll out a fiery boxing event on August 21. Although Pacquiao’s return was in contention for a long time, nobody expected him to come up against the WBA welterweight champ, Yordenis Ugas. However, as Errol Spence Jr had to withdraw from this fight because of an eye injury, Ugas was the next best option.

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As Ugas has proven his mettle in the 147-pound division, the WBA didn’t think twice before naming him as the short-notice replacement. What helped matters was that he was already booked on the same card.

But where does ’54 Milagros’ currently stand in the WBA rankings? Does Pacquiao hold a spot in the WBA rankings too?

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As of July 2021, Yordenis Ugas has the top spot at the WBA rankings as he has the ‘super’ strap under his wing. On the other hand, the Filipino Senator is the champion in ‘recess’ because of his lengthy hiatus from the sport. But he still holds a vital place in the division and the sanctioning body’s list.

Earlier in 2019, Pacquiao had the WBA welterweight ‘super’ belt to his name. But after fighting Keith Thurman, he went out of action and didn’t defend his title. Hence, Ugas received the belt.

However, the clock has turned back, and now, both Pacquiao and Ugas will fight each other for that ultimate WBA title again.

Can Manny Pacquiao bag his long-lost title again?

The 42-year-old is on the brink of signing off from the sport. That said, every fight he takes from hereon will prove to be extremely vital. Accordingly, once he storms into the ring on Saturday night, Pacquiao will only look to come out with the belt.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao blows a kiss to the crowd as he celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Millions of fans are ecstatic to see the veteran create magic inside the squared circle again. And more than anyone else, ‘Pacman’ himself is eager to create magic with his fists.

Watch this story – 5 Best Selling PPV Fights of Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Career

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He definitely is in to test himself in deep waters once again, and it’ll be intriguing to see how the boxing icon fares on August 21.

What do you expect out of Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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