26 years and 71 fights since his debut in Sablayan, Philippines, Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao is back in action as he attempts to defy the grip of Father Time.
The 42-year-old, eight-weight world champion challenges for the WBA welterweight strap against Yordenis Ugas – a late replacement for the injured Errol Spence Jr.
With 62 wins to his name, Pacquiao is one of the sports most decorated and revered champions, but his Cuban opponent will be attempting to end his career inside the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
We at freebets.com are going to take a closer look at the bout, as well as those all-important tips and free bets on offer.
When Is The Fight?
Pacquiao vs Ugas is on Saturday August 21, 2021 (approx: 4am UK time on August 22)
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The Big Prediction
Manny Pacquiao opens as a huge 1/4 favourite with Virgin Bet for this fight, and rightly so.
‘Pacman’ still possesses the speed of hand to give Ugas kittens on Saturday night, but it’s likely to come over the distance.
The Cuban has never been stopped as a professional and Pacquiao only has one KO victory in his last 10 fights – dating back to 2012 v Juan Manuel Marquez in devastating fashion.
A win over the distance feels like a banker for the Filipino at 11/10 with Virgin Bet.
An even safer option is the 8/15 at Virgin Bet shout that this fight goes the 12-round distance regardless of the victor.
What Happened To Errol Spence Jr?
After suffering a horrific car crash in late 2019, Spence returned to the ring just over a year later to defeat Danny Garcia for the WBC and IBF welterweight titles.
That victory opened the door for a potential super-fight with Manny Pacquiao, but after doctors discovered that the Texas had a tear in one of his retinas, he was forced to withdraw.
“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be able to fight Manny Pacquiao on August 21,’’ Spence told PBC.
“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. I’d like to apologize to everyone. You know I’ll be back as soon back soon. We’ve come back from worse.’’
Is Manny Pacquiao Still Elite?
With wins over Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner in his last two outings, there’s still a strong argument to suggest that ‘Pac-man’ is amongst the world’s elite fighters.
Those last two victories were pre-pandemic in 2019, but who’s to say that Father Time hasn’t finally caught up on the seemingly ageless Filipino?
Pacquiao will be 43 in December, and after a career of moving up and down the weights divisions, his body will soon start to feel the full effects.
Whether Yordenis Ugas is the man to capitalize on these deteriorations is another question altogether.
How Good Is Yordenis Ugas?
Ugas has been overdue a big name in the division ever since a contested loss to Shawn Porter in 2019.
The Cuban has four defeats to his name, but is enjoying an Indian Summer to his career after some early defeats as a pro.
The 35-year-old is a bronze medalist from the 2008 Games in Beijing, and like Pacquiao, is reaching the final stretch of his career.
Despite struggling to build a reliable fan base over the years, Ugas is certainly amongst the top five welterweights in the world,