Manny pacquiao is upset by how he was awarded the welterweight belt of the AMB to Yordenis ugas, after it was taken away from the Filipino for inactivity.
“He has my belt without even facing me, that’s embarrassing,” he told a group of reporters at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I am happy that we have managed to put the game on the belt of the AMB. It’s a bit embarrassing. “
In his last contest, in July 2019, the Filipino faced Keith thurman, who had the championship of the AMB at 147 pounds, and defeated him by decision divided by cards of 115-112, 113-114 and 115-112.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pacquiao stayed in his country trying to help in the political position he already has at the beginning of 2021, the AMB decided to place him as champion on recess and promote to Ugas.
The Cuban comes from three consecutive victories, the last in September 2020 by defeating by divided decision of 115-113, 111-117 and 115-113 to Abel ramos.
“The good thing is that here it is Ugas and he wants to challenge me for the belt AMB
”, He pointed Manny. “It’s a good thing we can fix. I didn’t like that someone took my belt without challenging me in the ring. We are both champions, but we will see who gets the belt on Saturday ”.
The initial plan
Pacquiao I was originally going to face Errol spence, who is the 147-pound monarch for the CMB and FIB, but the Nevada Commission He discovered a retinal detachment in his left eye, for which he had to withdraw from the confrontation.
While Yordenis I was going to fight with Fabian Maidana, but since the Argentine suffered a cut during a sparring, the fight was also canceled.
“My title was given to UgasThis is not how you become a champion ”, he pointed out. “You earn it inside the ring, we will fight for the title. That is the correct way as a champion is crowned. In the end, I want to win the titles. I’m excited for this championship fight and I don’t care if I’m the challenger or champion. “