After 62 career wins and 39 knockouts, the People’s Champ and historic 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao is set to make history again as he steps into the ring against Yordenis Ugás to try and take the WBA welterweight title off the Cuban fighter.
Serving as Pacquiao’s first fight in the pandemic era, his bout with Ugás is also his first in two years after defeating Keith Thurman in 2019 for the same WBA title. This marks the longest time in between matches throughout the legendary boxer’s career. Since his professional debut in 1995, Pacquiao, who possesses the unique distinction of being the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades, has had at least one match per calendar year.
This, however, excludes last year, when the pandemic forced him and practically every boxer, to sit a fight inside the squared circle out. Such a lengthy absence leads sports analysts to wonder if Pacquiao would succumb to ring rust, or if he still has enough gas left in the tank to beat the Cuban inside the T-Mobile Arena in Los Angeles.
Ugás, who replaced an injured Errol Spence Jr. in the latter’s scheduled title bout, was elevated to WBA welterweight “super champion” early this year after Pacquiao was stripped of the title due to inactivity. Boasting 26 wins and 12 KOs, the orthodox boxer was set to defend the title against Fabian Maidana in the undercard bout. But his impromptu insertion in the match doesn’t seem to faze him as shifts his focus to the much more seasoned Filipino fighter.
Watch the much-awaited fight of the summer live and uninterrupted as it streams exclusively on UPSTREAM this August 22 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Tickets to the four-hour spectacle go for P400 and are available for purchase via GMovies.