The two met today to officially announce the Pacquiao vs Ugas Live Stream fight on FOX, and they both showed respect for one another, as one would anticipate.
“There were a lot of opportunities to choose a — not easy fight, but a much easier fight compared to Errol Spence,” Pacquiao remarked of his choice to accept this fight at the age of 42. “However, I chose Yordenis Ugas because I want to offer the fans a good battle, a genuine fight. I’m a fighter, and boxing is my passion.”
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) hasn’t fought since July 2019, when he won a decision over Keith Thurman to win the WBA championship. He has subsequently been stripped of his WBA “super world” championship, which is now held by Yordenis Ugas, and despite asking the sanctioning organization to restore him, that is not likely to happen.
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Even without the third alphabet title, this is one of the greatest bouts of 2021, and Pacquiao views it as another tremendous challenge in his clearly Hall of Fame-bound career.
“It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve ever faced,” he added. “I can’t claim I’ve faced the most difficult task since I’ve fought the greatest boxers in the world – Keith Thurman, De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and many others. But one of the greatest, in my opinion, is (Yordenis Ugas).”
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Spence (27-0, 21 KO) is 31 years old and regarded one of the greatest fighters in the sport today, pound for pound. Though some may want to put pressure on Manny to stop Pacquiao, who is older and smaller, Manny has only been stopped once in this century, when Juan Manuel Marquez scored an all-timer KO in their fourth bout back in 2012.
Spence says he won’t try for the knockout, even if he thinks he can stop Pacquiao or anybody else.
“I certainly have the potential to finish him, but for me, it’s all about winning the fight,” Spence said. “It is to remain concentrated and win the battle. When you rush out there and try to go for the knockout, I feel like, even in amateurs, you look sloppy and something goes wrong. You seem to be putting out too much effort. For me, I’m going to fight at my own speed. If the knockout comes, go for it. Otherwise, go for the win.”
Former Pacquiao adversary Floyd Mayweather recently stated he respects both and wants each guy the best, but he will be cheering for Spence and claimed he’d even offer him some advice on how to beat the Filipino great – something Pacquiao thinks Spence doesn’t need.
“Errol doesn’t need Mayweather’s guidance because I think Errol is better than Mayweather,” he added. “He will teach Mayweather how to fight toe-to-toe.