Los Angeles – Filipino star Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday that the “only danger” of changing enemies for next week’s welterweight boxing world title fight would shift from a left-handed to a right-handed one.
The 42-year-old Filipino senator puts on his gloves on August 21 in Las Vegas to face Cuban Yordenis Ugas after American Errol Spence Jr. was forced out of the fight on Tuesday with a left eye injury.
Instead of facing undefeated southpaw Spence for the WBC and IBF titles he holds, Pacquiao will fight for the WBA crown he once held against Ugas, a right-hander who had planned to defend the crown on the undercard.
“The only danger in this fight is the change of position,” said Pacquiao. “Spence and Ugas are both aggressive fighters which I love.”
The change in stance won’t cause a training problem, Pacquiao said.
“I still consider myself a two-party boxer. I’m happy to fight right-handed or left-handed fighters, ”he said. “It’s not at all a problem for me to change the styles that I’m going to face.”
Ugas, 26-4 with 12 KOs, received the WBA crown in January after eight division champion Pacquiao, 62-7 with two draws and 39 KOs, was stripped of the title for inactivity.
Pacquiao hasn’t fought since taking the WBA belt from American Keith Thurman by split decision in July 2019.
“Ugas is a champion because they gave him my belt. Now we have to settle it inside the ring, ”Pacquiao said.
“In the end, I want to win the belts. I’m so excited for this championship fight and I don’t care if I’m the challenger or the champion in it. We will see who is the champion.
Ugas knows the last-minute change created the biggest fight of his career, which could be his biggest triumph if he can cause an upheaval.
“I am fighting for my heritage,” Ugas said. “This is the most important fight of my life.
“I am well aware that Pacquiao is the favorite. But at the same time, I am a champion. I have faced so many strong opponents to get to where I am. I have full confidence in myself and in my ability to achieve victory.
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