Manny Pacquiao issues menacing ‘proper champion’ dig at Yordenis Ugas

Pacquiao has issued a dig at Ugas in the build-up to their replacement clash labelling his world title ‘given’ and promises to become ‘proper champion’ ahead of Las Vegas return

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Manny Pacquiao has claimed Yordenis Ugas was ‘given’ his world title and has vowed to become ‘proper champion’ in Las Vegas.

The legendary Filipino will now face Ugas in a welterweight clash after his original opponent Errol Spence has been forced to withdraw from the mega-fight after suffering an eye injury in training camp.

Pacquiao has not fought since his victory over Keith Thurman in 2019, and will make his ring return knowing that he is fast approaching the twilight years of his career.

And the iconic fighter has promised to become ‘proper champion’ stating that Ugas was ‘given his belt’ as a result of the recess process that the WBA employ with their world titles.

“My title was given to Ugas. That is not how you become a champion,” Pacquiao said ahead of the fight this weekend.

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“You earn it by winning it inside the ring. We will fight for the title. That is the proper way a champion is crowned.

“This was a great opportunity. There was no way I was going to pass it up. Freddie and I worked every day those two weeks until the weigh-in. That is how we started to get to know each other. Ugas is in a similar situation.

“He was already training for a welterweight title fight on the same card as mine so he, too, is ready to make the most of this opportunity. I know what Ugas is feeling because 20 years ago I was Ugas.”

Pacquiao was initially preparing for one of the toughest tests of his career to date against an undefeated pound-for-pound star in Spence, who brought a unified welterweight title to the table in one of the most-anticipated clashes of the year.

But he must now face another undefeated star in Ugas, who defeated Abel Ramos back in November 2020 to claim the initial ‘regular’ world title.

High stakes are on the line for Pacquiao who already hinted at retirement after the fight with Ugas, but believes he is still in a super condition despite his age, and is ready to overcome any doubters along the way.

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“Everything is at stake as this might be my last fight. I might as well finish the race with a spectacular performance,” Pacquiao said.

“Legacies are subjective to the minds of the fans. Of course, a win for me after so long out would be very grand for my country and family.

“I feel great. My team has full confidence in my capabilities even at 42 years old and they note that I still have what it takes to face elite caliber opponents.

“I’m training and challenging myself daily and I am inspired to perform at my best owing to the fact that this might be my last fight. I’ve never given predictions. I always climb the ring ready and prepared for everything.”

The legendary welterweight has been linked with a cross-over fight with Conor McGregor in recent months once again, but insists he now has ‘no interest’ in fighting the Irishman after his defeat to Dustin Poirier.

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