LAS VEGAS – Yordenis Ugas towered over Manny Pacquiao the afternoon earlier than the most important battle of Ugas’ profession.
The 5-feet-9 Ugas stands practically 4 inches taller than Pacquiao, who has fared properly in opposition to considerably larger opponents all through his profession. The 42-year-old Pacquiao remains to be listed as greater than a 3-1 favourite to beat Ugas of their FOX Sports activities Pay-Per-View foremost occasion Saturday night time at T-Cell Enviornment.
The Philippines’ Pacquiao and the Cuban-born Ugas each made weight with out difficulty Friday afternoon at MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment.
Pacquiao stepped on the Nevada State Athletic Fee’s scale at 146 kilos. Ugas got here in precisely on the welterweight restrict of 147 kilos.
They’ll battle for the WBA “tremendous” welterweight title that was stripped from Pacquiao late in January because of inactivity. The WBA concurrently promoted Ugas from “world” champion to “tremendous” champ.
Pacquiao and Ugas weren’t alleged to battle Saturday night time, however Ugas changed Errol Spence Jr. on quick discover as soon as an intensive eye examination administered August 9 detected injury to Spence’s proper retina. Spence (27-0, 21 KOs), the IBF/WBC welterweight champ, underwent surgical procedure August 11 in Dallas.
Ugas was scheduled to defend his title in opposition to Argentina’s Fabian Maidana on the Pacquiao-Spence undercard. Maidana (18-1, 13 KOs) suffered a reduce in sparring that might’ve prevented him from boxing Ugas, who fortunately stepped in for Spence on lower than two weeks’ discover.
Pacquiao will battle for the primary time since he edged Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC) by break up choice to win the WBA “tremendous” 147-pound crown in July 2019 at MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment.
Ugas hasn’t fought in practically a 12 months, both. He gained the then-vacant WBA “world” welterweight title when he beat Abel Ramos by break up choice final September 6 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The official weights for the three pay-per-view fights on the Pacquiao-Ugas undercard are listed beneath.
FOX Sports activities Pay-Per-View (9 p.m. EDT; 6 p.m. PDT; $74.95)
Robert Guerrero (36-6-1, 20 KOs), Gilroy, California, 146¾ kilos vs. Victor Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs), Ventura, California, 148 kilos, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Mark Magsayo (22-0, 15 KOs), Rizal, Philippines, 125½ kilos vs. Julio Ceja (32-4-1, 28 KOs), Tlalnepantla, Mexico, 125 kilos, 12 rounds, WBC featherweight eliminator.
Carlos Castro (26-0, 11 KOs), Phoenix, 125½ kilos vs. Oscar Escandon (26-5, 18 KOs), Ibague, Colombia, 125¾ kilos, 10 rounds, featherweights.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He will be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.