YORDENIS UGAS (26-4, 12 KOs) vs
MANNY PACQUIAO (62-7-2, 39 KOs)
Pacquiao returns more than two years after he outpointed Keith Thurman at 40 to win the WBA 147-pound title, which later was given to Ugas because of the Filipino icon’s inactivity.
The fight is Ugas’ ultimate opportunity, as he will be taking part in the biggest and most-lucrative fight of his career. And Ugas is a legitimate threat to defeat Pacquiao. He is skillful, experienced and rugged. He has a number of quality victories and was competitive in all four of his losses.
Pacquiao doesn’t throw as many punches as he once did. However, he remains quick and capable into his 40s. What is the impact the two-year hiatus will have on Pacquiao? He says the time was beneficial because it allowed his body to rest.
At stake: Ugas’ WBA title
Odds: Pacquiao 3-1 favorite
Also on the card: Robert Guerrero vs. Victor Ortiz, welterweights; Mark Magsayo vs. Julio Ceja, featherweights; Carlos Castro vs. Oscar Escandon, featherweights
Where to watch the fight: In New York City, we recommend Hoops Cabaret, the sports bar and gentlemen’s club which features a huge video wall, tons of Hi-Def TVs, and a tasty food menu. And of course, there are the lovely ladies to watch before and after the main event.