BOXING

Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugás: cost and where to watch on PPV

Yordenis Ugás was a late fill in for the August 21st welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao after Errol Spence Jr. was forced to withdraw.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugás: cost and where to watch on PPV
Joe Camporeale USA TODAY Sports

Manny Pacquiao may have been out of the sport of boxing for two years, but he still knows how to draw a crowd, and a world wide Pay-Per-View audience. Plans changed at the last minute, but “Pac-Man” will still step in the ring on the 21st of August, only against a different opponent.

Spence Jr. withdraws due to eye injury

The fight was originally scheduled to feature Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr., but an injury discovered at the last minute forced the American fighter to withdraw from the fight. A torn retina in his left eye left bout organizers scrambling to look for a replacement fighter.

Fortunately for Cuban fighter Yordenis Ugás, he too was left with out an opponent for the PBC fight night after his opponent Fabián Maidana was forced to drop out of the 147 pound title bout. Maidana was injured in a sparring session on the ninth of August, and Ugás was momentarily left with out an opponent.

Ugás steps in last minute

Ugás is the 6th ranked boxer at 147 pounds with a record of 26-4 with 12 KO’s. He replaces Spence Jr. who was undefeated coming into the bout against Pacquiao at 27-0 with 21 KO’s.

The 42 year old Filipino senator has 71 fights under his belt with a professional record of 62-7-2 and has registered 39 KOs. The 3rd ranked welterweight, according to ESPN, has not fought in over two years. He defeated Kieth Thurman in a WBA title belt in July of 2019, but has since lost his title as champion of the weight class as WBA recognized Ugás as its champion during Manny’s break from the ring.

Fox Sports with PPV service for fight night

Fight night will take place from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday August 21. If you are not in Vegas, or if you are in Vegas and can’t get tickets Fox will be available by pay-per-view service. Fox Sports have rights to the fight and will be offering the service through your television provider or you can buy it with this link.