Despite the uncomfortable situation, the future Hall Of Famer will be banking on his huge boxing experience while taking on his younger opponent with hopes of winning back the WBA “Super” Welterweight Title, he lost due to inactivity.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KOs) was previously scheduled to fight a Southpaw Errol Spence Jr with the IBF and WBC 147 pound titles at Stake. Spence Jr pulled out due to an eye injury , giving room for Ugas an orthodox, who was initially to fight in the Co-Main event to move up.
“The only danger for this fight is the change in stance,” Pacquiao noted of the late notice fight with Ugas—a right handed boxer—during a recent virtual press conference. “Both Spence and Ugas are aggressive fighters, which I like. We can create a lot of great action in the ring that the fans will love.”
Spence Jr pulling out of the fight would have laid waste almost two months of training had Ugas not been on the Co-Main event and Pacquiao admits, that could have almost cancelled the fight card. However, Ugas also lost his opponent Fabian Maidana and was also looking for an opponent.
“I know that Ugas is also very prepared for his fight because he was going to be on the undercard,” notes Pacquiao, who has won championships or alphabet belts in a record-setting eight weight divisions. “If there was no Ugas on the undercard, it’s possible we would have cancelled the fight.
“It’s a good thing we had another welterweight champion on the card for this scenario that happened.”