Manny Pacquiao Gets New Opponent For August 21 Fight
MANNY PACQUIAO – The new opponent of legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao has been revealed after American boxer Errol Spence Jr withdraws from Aug. 21 fight.
On July 4, Filipino professional boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao traveled to Los Angeles to begin the final phase of his preparation for a bout with unbeaten American boxer Errol Spence Jr. He is now training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
The ring legend is aiming for Errol’s World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation bantamweight crowns this coming Aug. 21. Pacman will miss at least 1 month of his Senate duties.
On Wednesday (PH time), event promoter Premier Boxing Champions confirmed that Errol Spence Jr. will not fight against Manny Pacquiao due to an eye injury. The American boxer suffered a retinal tear that forced him out of the bout.
PBC said that Errol only discovered the torn retina at his routine medical examinations with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas.
“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be able to fight Manny Pacquiao on August 21…”
“I was excited about the fight and the event. Unfortunately, the doctors found a tear in my left eye and said I needed to get surgery on it ASAP and that there was no way I could fight with my eye in that condition. I’d like to apologize to everyone. You know I’ll be back as soon back soon. We’ve come back from worse,” he added.
Manny Pacquiao took to his Twitter account to react to the news. He wrote, “I pray for the speedy and complete recovery of Errol Spence Jr.”
Spence’s replacement will be the welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugas. The 35-year-old Cuban boxer holds the WBA “super” welterweight title Pacman took from American boxer Keith Thurman in 2019.
Yordenis Ugas is considered one of the best welterweights in the game. He won bronze for his country at the 2008 Olympic games. Now, he’s entering the biggest fight of his life.
“It’s an honor to fight the great multiple-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, as I am more than ready to take on this challenge…”
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Pacquiao, but I am coming to win this fight,” he added.
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