On August 9, 12 days before the large-scale PPV-evening of boxing from Al Haymon and his Premier Boxing Champions,the main participant of the show, the combined welterweight champion American Errol Spence heard the disappointing verdict of the doctors - he has a detachment of the retina, it is strictly forbidden to the ring.
Especially if your opponent is a seasoned legend from the Philippines Manny Pacquiao.
Later, insiders learnedthat for exactly the same reason, the participant of the second most important card event refused to fight - the Argentine contender in the same weight Fabian Maidana,who was preparing to fight for the WBA Super belt with the Cuban champion Yordenis Ugaz.
Prediction for the fight Pacquiao – Ugas
There were few options for Haymon and Co - to cancel the show or to bring down in a face-to-face battle suddenly left without opponents filipino and Cuban.
It was decided to focus on the second option. Moreover, this fight was very much suggested - Ugas without a fight was presented with the "super title" of the WBA, sending Pacquiao to the "champions-on-vacation" not very active (due to the combination of a sports career with a political one).
Conspiracy theorists immediately rose from the ashes of nuclear fire. Some believed that in the podlom RVS immediately prepared for the fight Pacquiao - Uges, using Spence to promote the event and in order to distract the Filipino from a real opponent. Others suspected that Haymon was simply jinxed - two events in a row ended in grandiose refereeing scandals(the first and second),and now the catch-up well went to a potentially profitable PPV event.
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Manny Pacquiao Stats
Philippines Age: 42 years
Height: 166 cm
Arm span: 170 cm
Stand: right-hand Record: 62-7-2, 39 KOs
One of the greatest in the history of boxing. He conquered 6 weight divisions (+ 2 titles of The Ring), was recognized as the best boxer of the 2000s, more than once headed the P4R rating, became the boxer of the year.
Stylistically, Pacquiao is a tempo boxer. Known for his technique, footwork, angles of attack, high performance and physical endurance, incredible manual speed.
The Filipino left-hander is a master of bypassing the opponent's jab, breaking into infighting, unloading the combination and breaking the distance or changing the angle of attack and launching a second multi-shock wave at the opponent.
Even Pacquiao is affected by age. The later version of the boxer increasingly takes long pauses, often pulls the opponent on himself, does not mind beating in position boxing. And why not – technique and experience on the spot. The same with boxing IQ - you need to skillfully distribute forces over the entire distance.
Jordanis Ghis statistics
Cuba Age: 35 years
Height: 175 cm
Reach: 175 cm Total fights: 30
Record: 26-4, 12 KOs
Former amateur boxer: winner of the World Championship and Pan American Games, medalist of the 2008 Olympic Games (Beijing, China).
There is an opinion that Ugaz got used to the professional ring for a long time, because of which he suffered several offensive defeats. Not really to say that the early version of the boxer is very different from how the age fighter boxing now.
Ugh is an aggressor boxer, but works as a counterpuncher. His task in the ring is to constantly "hang" over the opponent, forcing him to plow at the limit. The Cuban does not always cope with this task - sometimes he does not work out.
Stylistically a bit like Canelo Alvarez,but visually his boxing still looks different – more sweeping and predictable.
I especially want to highlight the blows to the body in the performance of the Cuban.
Prediction for the fight Pacquiao – Uges from
Returning to the conspiracy theories, I would like to ask: do you not think that stylistically Pacquiao's task will be about the same as it was before the change of opponent?
Like Spence, Ugus will try to take the center of the ring. But now Pacquiao has a much better chance of hacking down the opponent's plans and dictating the distance and pace of the fight himself.
What can not be said about Ugus. He was definitely preparing for a completely different fight. After all, maidan is much higher, rukastee, slower, more predictable than the Filipino. And the Argentine is right-handed. If we also assume that the Cuban (given the low level of the Maidan) was preparing through the sleeves ...
But there is another side of the coin. Unlike Pacquiao, Ugas is happy with the change of opponent. He had a chance to show himself in all his glory. He received additional motivation, and the Filipino could well lose it slightly.
Another point in favor of the underdog-champion is coach Ismael Salas. Ugas is the only boxerwho did not allow ultra-cool uncle Sean Porter to impose his boxing in the ring.
Now think of Pacquiao's fight with Jeff Horn,in which the Filipino's coaching staff openly screwed up.
Forecast: the most competitive fight. The first half is for Pacquiao, then Ugus makes adjustments and seizes the initiative. If it does not hang (Cuba's trademark "lethargy"), it will srrick out the victory by decision of the judges. It is possible that it will force the veteran to capitulate at the expense of bodypanches.
Pacquiao – Uges. Live broadcast
PPV-evening boxing Pacquiao – Ugus will be held on August 21 local time at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (USA). Show promoters: Manny Pacquiao(MP Promotions)and Tom Brown(TGB Promotions).
Where to watch:
The event will be broadcast online by FOX PPV (pay-per-view).
Beginning of the broadcast:
Live broadcast of the show will begin on August 22 at 4:00 in Kiev or Moscow.