Unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has withdrawn from his anticipated clash with eight division champion Manny Pacquiao which was scheduled to headline an action packed Fox Sports PBC Pay-Per-View fight card August 21 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Spence Jr. announced his withdrawal from the bout and the reason, an eye injury (Retinal Tear in his left eye). This gives room for WBA Welterweight Champion Yordenis Ugas, who was initially scheduled to fight in the Co Main event will now step up to meet Pacquiao in the main event.
Pacquiao defeated former champion Keith Thurman in his last outing to win the WBA title which Ugas currently holds and Ugas will now get a chance to prove his championship resume sooner than he expected.
Spence Jr. was only able to discover the injury during a pre fight medical examination by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday. He immediately flew back to Texas the next day and will undergo an operation on Wednesday in order to repair the torn retina.
“It’s an unfortunate turn of events that Errol has a retinal tear and subsequent surgery has prevented him from participating in this big pay-per-view event. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to the ring,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “We’re excited that Manny has agreed to move forward and Ugas has stepped up to defend his title against the man who once held the title. Ugas was in the co-feature and had been preparing to fight on this date, so he’s ready. It’s a major challenge, because now he has to make his first title defense against a boxing legend in a career-defining fight.’’
Ugas, who hails from Santiago, Cuba has registered his name among the top welterweights and was elevated to the status of a full champion in January after defeating Abel Ramos in his last outing back in September. He had accumulated an eight fight winning streak before losing via split decision to Shawn Porter back in 2019.