Ugas has been called up as a late replacement to face Pacquiao after Errol Spence’s withdrawal and has vowed to ‘wreck’ the legendary fighter and send him into retirement
Yordenis Ugas has vowed to “wreck” Manny Pacquiao’s plans and send the legendary fighter into his retirement.
The 35-year-old Cuban was set to feature in the co-main event defending his WBA ‘super’ welterweight world title, but has now been called up to replace Errol Spence who was forced to withdraw with an eye injury.
And he now faces the biggest test of his career after being crowned ‘super’ world champion due to Pacquiao’s inactivity, with the Filipino having not fought since his split decision victory over Keith Thurman in 2019.
But Ugas has promised he is not here to just make up the numbers, and has vowed to ‘wreck’ Pacquiao and promised to send the veteran boxer into retirement.
“I’m here to wreck any future plans Manny Pacquiao has in the ring and make sure that Saturday is his last fight,” Ugas said ahead of the contest.
“It feels great to be in the main event Saturday night against a true legend like Pacquiao. I can’t wait to get in the ring on Saturday night.
“I didn’t hesitate at all when I got offered this fight. I knew right away what a big opportunity it would be and what a win like this can do for my career.
“I always work hard and give it my all every day in training camp. We were already working for the Fabian Maidana fight. Of course, once I knew I was fighting Pacquiao, I was motivated even more, but I always give it my all in training camp.”
Pacquiao’s return will no doubt the capture the imagination of many once again on Saturday night, despite the late change of opponent with his legacy in the sport already sealed with the huge names on his resume already including Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and British favourite Ricky Hatton.
And the 42-year-old believes he is in one of the best conditions he has been in after his time out of the ring, and can’t wait to display his condition on fight night even if the fight ‘may be his last’.
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“I am excited to win another world championship on Saturday. I don’t care who has the belt right now, we’ll see who walks out of the ring with it,” Pacquiao said ahead of the bout.
“Being out of the ring has given me time to rest, but also to get motivated like in my early days. I can’t wait to display it all on fight night.
“Boxing is my passion. That’s why I’m still here giving inspiration to the boxing fans and bringing honor to my country. I’m happy doing my job and working hard. They have to try to slow me down in training, because I always want to go more rounds.
“This could be my last fight, or there could be more. I’m turning 43 in December, and my plan has always been to just go one fight at a time. I encourage the fans all over the world to watch this fight, because you never know.”
Pacquiao has already issued a menacing warning to Ugas in the build-up labelling the winner of the fight as a ‘proper champion’ after he was stripped of his world title by the WBA.
The Filipino welterweight has also been in a duel with previous rival Mayweather who he has mocked for his tactics in their 2015 super-fight.