It’s fight day!
Tonight (Sat, Aug. 21) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, eight-division world champion and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in 25 months. His opponent was due to be WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, but due to a retinal tear he had to withdraw and has been replaced by WBA champion Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs). Pacquiao was the champion “in recess” after winning the WBA title from Keith Thurman in 2019, but this is the WBA and you know how sanctioning bodies are with the farcical belt system. Whatever the case, Ugas was scheduled to be in the co-main and instead gets bumped up to main event.
Pacquiao is the favorite over the Cuban, whereas he was the underdog against Spence, but Ugas is a live dog in this one. He’s a crafty boxer who’s hard to hurt and his power is better than his low knockout percentage indicates. This is still a compelling matchup while admittedly not being as big an attraction as Pacquiao vs. Spence.
Coverage of tonight’s card begins at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on PBC on FOX PPV. You can also catch the live stream of the PPV in the YouTube embed below (you have to fork over $75, of course) or via Fite.tv. It is expected that ring walks will begin no earlier than 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT, and likely later even if the undercard is filled with quick endings.