- Odds: Manny Pacquiao -310 favorite, Yordenis Ugas +225 underdog.
- Betting Pick: Manny Pacquiao via decision.
The biggest fight of summer is not meant to be, with Errol Spence Jr having to pull out with a retina injury. Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas will step up to face the Filipino Senator and boxing legend. This is still a great fight for Manny and Ugas, that offers bettors a different perspective, we cover the latest betting lines below.
Pacquiao vs Ugas Odds
Pacquiao opened as a firm betting favorite over WBA Super welterweight champion Ugas. At current odds of -310, you can bet $310 on Pacquiao to defeat Yordenis Ugas to net $100. For Ugas you has only lost one fight since 2014, at the hands of Shawn Porter offers real underdog value (Bet $100, win $225).
Once betting props are released expect a breakdown of those odds from method of victory odds on Pacquiao vs Ugas and more. We’ll make sure we keep tabs on the latest betting sites odds and promos prior to fight week.
It was clear from recent training footage that Manny was preparing for a southpaw. Meanwhile, Yordenis Ugas stepped in immediately has many boxing fans wondering how much Ugas and his team anticipated Spence’s injury happening. (Ugas had already been fighting on the undercard). Of course “PacMan” took the replacement fighter without a question, that’s the true warrior spirit the boxing community love about Manny Pacquiao.
Ugas Steps in on Short Notice
News broke on Monday afternoon that Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) ordered a routine pre-fight eye exam ahead of the showdown, which revealed Spence has a torn retina in his left eye.
“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be able to fight Manny Pacquiao on Aug. 21,” said Spence, who holds two welterweight titles. “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.”
“He’ll go ahead and fight Ugas, because he’s a fighter and that’s what he does,” Sean Gibbons, the president of Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, told the publication. “When that’s over, he’ll consider all of his options and that would include Errol.”
What to expect from Pacquiao vs Ugas
While this fight isn’t a complete disappointment, to me personally it doesn’t carry the same allure or blockbuster appeal. Ugas is boxer with real fight fans know of, but he hasn’t translated to the general public like Manny has over his four decades in boxing.
In terms of this being a competitive match-up, yes this is less of a risk for Manny than fighting Errol Spence. The odds were certainly against Manny when the opened but as the summer progressed he actually managed to convince fans and the moneyline drew closer for Pacquiao-Spence. Manny is still a fantastic fighter, even well past his prime — but I don’t think anywhere near as many people see the 35-year-old Ugas being quite the danger to the Filipino icon.
That’s not to discount Ugas’ chances, though. The Cuban turned pro in 2010 and is a quality boxer, as much as this was set to be Spence’s chance to take the torch from Manny, it’s now Ugas’. I expect Manny to make the right adjustments and put on a show alongside Ugas on August 21st. With Manny showing fans he still has what it takes and reclaim his welterweight title from Ugas.