Former WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter found sometime out if his busy schedule to shed some light on the recent WBA welterweight championship fight between Yordenis Ugas and Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao.
Porter, who also edged Ugas with a close and somewhat controversial decision a few years back, commented about the issues Pacquiao said he faced while fighting Ugas and believes that, it played a big factor to his loss.
Porter is presently preparing for an anticipated showdown with WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford. A fight which gives him the opportunity to win a world title.
Ugas was however able to retain the WBA “Super” Welterweight Champion by staging an huge upset, picking up a wide unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao. Porter believes a rematch will end differently as Pacquiao wasn’t really ready for Ugas.
“[Ugas’ win over Pacquiao] was impressive. It’s very difficult to be one hundred percent, but as long as you work hard you can achieve it, but he was impressive, with an excellent fight plan. He executed it, Manny was not ready for him. I’d love to see the rematch,” Porter told George Ebro.
“Yes [I think a rematch would be different]. I think in a rematch Manny would prepare better than he was. He has already seen what Ugas has. Ugas must return with something different. Manny has to use his legs. If he can’t do that, then don’t waste time talking about a rematch. If he can’t use his legs, then the result would be the same.”
Ugas came in as a late replacement for Errol Spence Jr, who pulled out of the fight after a pre-fight test diagnosed him with a torn retina, which required immediate surgery.
After the loss, the Filipino Boxing legend expressed interest in a rematch with the Cuban but right now that’s looking less likely after the 42 Year Old announced his intentions of contesting for the presidential seat in his home country Philippines.
If Ugas powers through Crawford to win the WBO belt , then there is a huge possibility of a unification with Ugas as they are both stablemates under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.