By Mark Elezaj
LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao will not guarantee that this will be the last fight of his legendary career, but if he does defeat Yordenis Ugas this Saturday night for the WBA “super” welterweight title and he decides to remain an active boxer, Pacquiao told ESPN that he would like to fight Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr.
“I don’t know if this is going to be my last [time in the ring], we are going to see fight by fight,” Pacquiao said Wednesday during an interview with ESPN KnockOut.
“But if I have the possibility of making one more fight, then I would like to face the best — either Terence Crawford or Errol Spence.”
Pacquiao, 42, has revealed that his preparations for the upcoming fight have been very intense and that he plans to explosive against Ugas.
“I feel young right now,” said Pacquiao. “I’m just happy with what I’m doing, because boxing is my passion.
“I enjoy training camp and I’m excited to sacrifice and be disciplined every day to prepare for a fight like this.
“For the Keith Thurman fight I would do about 25 rounds a day, and now for this fight I’m doing 30 or more rounds a day. The coaches have had to try to stop me because I want to keep going.
“If there’s a chance for a knockout, then I’ll go for it because that’s what I want to give to the fans.
“I’m not underestimating Ugas though. He has a lot of experience in boxing and fought in the Olympics. I know I have to be very good to win this fight.”
Pacquiao’s long time trainer Freddy Roach fees that Pacquiao will not only win the fight, but he will knock Ugas out.
“I’m certain that he cannot knock me out,” said Ugas.
“I’ve done all the preparation over these past six years to get in this position, I’ve hit my stride and I just don’t believe I can be stopped by Manny.
“I have prepared for 12 hard rounds. If this is Pacquiao’s final fight, then he’s going to be up against a guy who brought his best and who is a world-class fighter.”
Back in January, the WBA removed Manny Pacquiao from being the WBA (super) welterweight champion and moved him to “champion in recess” due to his inactivity since winning the belt from Keith Thurman in his last fight on July 2019.
With this ruling, Ugas went from the “regular” to “super” champion. The decision was met with controversy because of the travel restrictions for Pacquiao to travel from his native Phillippines to compete in the United States.
Pacquiao and his team asked the WBA in July to consider reinstating him as the “super” champion ahead of his scheduled fight with IBF and WBC champion Errol Spence Jr., but the organization refused.
“I didn’t like that someone took my belt without challenging me in the ring,” said Pacquiao at the final press conference.
“Both of us are champions, but we’ll see who has the belt after Saturday.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~