Pacquiao and Ugas have weighed in ahead of their welterweight clash on Saturday night in Las Vegas, with Pacquiao tipping the scales at one pound lighter than his opponent
Manny Pacquiao says he feels “focused” ahead of his comeback bout against Yordenis Ugas on Saturday night.
The Filipino makes his long-awaited ring return at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and will make his first appearance since a hotly-contested victory over Keith Thurman back in 2019.
With high stakes expected, Pacquiao boasts an impressive record of 62 professional victories and will be looking to add another successful scalp, with the threat of retirement looming over his head.
The 42-year-old looks in tremendous shape, weighing in one pound lighter than his opponent ahead of the contest at 146 pounds, with Ugas coming in at 147 pounds for the welterweight clash.
And Pacquiao has revealed he is ‘focused’ on the task at hand and does not want to be ‘over-confident’ ahead of his late replacement clash with the Cuban.
“Tomorrow night god willing the fans will be happy, but I don’t want to be over-confident going into the fight,” Pacquiao said at the weigh-in.
“I am excited to show what I can do to the fans, but want to dedicate to the performance to the people of the Philippines and try to win for them.”
The hugely successful veteran was set to take on unified welterweight champion Errol Spence in one of the most anticipated clashes of the year, but the American was forced to withdraw as a result of an eye injury that he suffered during the build-up, which led to Ugas being promoted to the main-event.
The eight-division world champion has also revealed his frustration at being stripped of his WBA ‘super’ world championship belt after his ‘inactivity’ as a result of the pandemic complications, but has promised to re-become the ‘real champion’ ahead of his duel with the Cuban.
“My title was given to Ugas. That is not how you become a champion,” Pacquiao said ahead of the fight this weekend.
“You earn it by winning it inside the ring. We will fight for the title. That is the proper way a champion is crowned.
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“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.”
“Everything is at stake as this might be my last fight. I might as well finish the race with a spectacular performance.”
Pacquiao has already hinted at his retirement in the build-up but has also admitted that he would still like to ‘face the best’ adding Errol Spence and Terence Crawford into a shortlist for a potential fight after Ugas.
He has also renewed his rivalry with old foe Floyd Mayweather ahead of his ring return, and has named his terms for a rematch with the American, while also snubbing him from his list of ‘greatest-ever fighters’.