The encounter between the two boxers took place at the grand arrivals held in Toshiba Plaza in front of T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday (Las Vegas time).”This fight is not an easy fight. [Yordenis] Ugas is a champion, he took my belt and we have to settle it inside the ring,” said Manny Pacquiao.
“I am not taking him for granted. In fact, I am taking him as seriously as I took Errol Spence,” said Pacquiao. “I have had a great training camp and I am well-prepared. I want to prove to everyone, especially Yordenis Ugás, that I am still here,” he added.
“My title was given to Ugás. That is not how you become a champion. You earn it by winning it inside the ring. We will fight for the title. That is the proper way a champion is crowned,” Pacquiao said.
According to Ugas, “I’m a fighter not only inside of the ring, but outside of the ring I fight for the freedom of my people,” said Ugas. “That’s the most important thing to me. I hope everyone fighting for freedom in Cuba is safe and knows that I’ll be fighting for them on Saturday.”
Both Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas say their August 21st fight will finally settle who the true WBA champion is, after the latter took the welterweight belt controversially stripped from the Pacman due to inactivity.
Errol Spence Jr. has a torn retina in his left eye and has withdrawn from his Aug. 21 welterweight title fight with Manny Pacquiao, PBC announced. Pacquiao now fights Yordenis Ugas for a 147-pound title. Still a great fight.