Former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao (-430) will make his return to the ring Saturday night, and it won’t be to face the opponent he planned for. After unified champion, Errol Spence Jr., was forced to withdraw from the fight recently due to a torn retina, Yordenis Ugas (+300), whose opponent for Saturday was also forced to withdraw due to injury, stepped up to take the fight.
Will the last-second change in opponent be an issue for the veteran Pacquiao?
Let’s take a closer look.
Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2) vs. Yordenis Ugas (26-4-0)
These odds were taken from FanDuel Sportsbook on August 18, 2021
With the World Boxing Association Super World Welter Title on the line, Saturday is easily the biggest fight of Ugas’ relatively short career against one of the all-time greats in Pac-Man. Since joining the sport just over a decade ago, Ugas has just one loss that went anyway but a split decision and has quietly been stacking some impressive results against legit opponents.
On the other side of this battle, Pacquiao comes in having done it all in this sport (and outside of it), as the 42-year-old’s best days are no doubt behind him. Speaking of outside the ring, Pacquiao will go directly from this fight into heavy campaigning as he looks to become the president of the Phillippines while also dealing with corruption allegations.
In the end, I think there’s a lot of inflated juice being placed on the more popular Pacquiao, and the value is sliding to the side of Ugas. His orthodox stance and strong right will catch I believe will catch Pacquiao by surprise, and I like for the underdog to get the job done in Vegas on Saturday night.