Former Four Division Champion Mikey Garcia has chipped in his perspective on the WBA world championship fight between Yordenis Ugas and Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao, which takes place this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Pacquiao was initially scheduled to fight Errol Spence Jr for the WBC/IBF 147 pound titles but the champion was forced to pull out last week due to an eye injury.
Pacquiao will now face Ugas, who was initially scheduled for the Co-Main Event of the fight card which for Garcia totally sucks.
“That’s f—– up, it’s sad,” Garcia told FightHype.com.
“I mean, he was forced to pull out of the fight, that sucks, especially when it’s only like two weeks away, a week away from the fight, that’s terrible. You got all this camp going on, all this training and everything, and then to just not be able to fight, that sucks for Errol.”
Pacquiao is making his first appearance since his triumphant victory over formerly unbeaten and then WBA Super 147 pound Champion Keith Thurman. The long layoff was the reason for the demotion to “Champion in Recess” by the WBA.
Pacquiao, also known as “The Senator” will stand a chance of reclaiming the WBA strap when he faces Ugas and will break break his own record of being the oldest boxer to capture a welterweight world title, if he emerges victorious. Garcia expects a tough fight as Ugas has never being a write off
“Manny obviously was ready for the fight, they were able to salvage the show, and salvage the fight, and he’s fighting Yordenis Ugas now,” Garcia added.
“So it’s a fight too, it’s not an easy fight, I think it’s a good fight, a good matchup. Not as big of a show with marketing and branding, obviously not many people probably as excited for that as they were for the fight against Errol, but still a good fight.”
Pacquiao really wants to fight Errol Spence Jr and has openly said, he doesn’t mind fighting “The Truth” after Yordenis Ugas fight this weekend. However, that will largely depend on the outcome of the fight this weekend.