Fighting Week in Las Vegas is here again. Although this may not be the fighting that many people plan to see, it still needs your attention. Former eighth champion Manny Pacquiao will enter the ring for the first time in two years, when he will face WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas in the PBC Main Event on Fox PPV. . Pacquiao originally planned to face the unified champion Errol Spencer, but Spencer tore his retina during training camp and was forced to quit. It is worth mentioning that Ugas’ original card opponent was also injured and was forced to withdraw, making this new main event almost doomed.
Pacquiao has never participated in the competition since winning the WBA championship with an amazing performance in July 2019. After winning at least one championship in the eight heavyweight classes, he is considered one of the historical greats of the sport.
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However, Ugas is no easy task. The Cuban has never stopped in the ring. Since 2015, he has only lost one game against some of the best welterweight matches in the world. He challenged Sean Porter for the WBC title in 2019 and gave up the split decision. However, he did defeat Abra Mos with a split decision in September 2020 and won the vacant WBA championship.
When Robert Guerrero fights Victor Ortiz in the common feature, this card also contains another interesting welterweight game. Guerrero (36-6, 20 KO) retired briefly in 2017 after losing for the third consecutive time and the fifth of the past seven games. However, he returned in December 2018 and achieved three consecutive victories. It is worth noting that Guerrero has not participated in the competition since September 2019. At the same time, Ortiz (32-6, 25 KOs) has not participated in the game since a majority tie with Devon Alexander after being charged with multiple sexual assaults in February 2018. As Ortiz hoped to resume active competition, these allegations were finally dropped in December 2020.
In addition, the 26-year-old undefeated Filipino rookie Mark Magsayo will face former champion Julio Seha in the Featherweight Championship knockout round. Magsayo knocked down 15 times in 22 professional games, bringing tremendous power to this weight class. He rarely fights in the United States and spends most of his time in his hometown, the Philippines, but he made a deep impression during his trip to the United States. Magsayo won the chance to face Ceja after TKO defeated Pablo Cruz in April, who has been in a difficult period without winning since 2017.
The following is a complete battle card with the latest odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Pacquiao vs. Urgas battle card, odds
- Manny Pacquiao -360 vs. Jordanis Ugas +280, WBA welterweight champion
- Robert Guerrero -150 vs. Victor Ortiz +125, welterweight
- Mark Magsayo -300 vs. Julio Ceja +240, WBC Featherweight Championship Knockout
- Carlos Castro vs. Oscar Escandon, featherweight
Pacquiao vs. Urgas Information
- date: August 21
- Place: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas
- Starting time: 9 p.m. EST
- How to watch: Fox PPV | Price: 74.99 USD