Errol Spence Jr pulls out of his highly anticipated title bout against Manny Pacquiao due to a retinal tear in his left eye. The pre-fight medical examination by the NV State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas on Monday revealed that Errol Spence Jr. has a torn retina and was forced to withdraw from the highly awaited showdown against the eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao.
WBA champion Yordenis Ugás has stepped up to fight Manny Pacquiao in his first title defense for the WBA (Super) welterweight title. Yordenis Ugas won the WBA (Regular) welterweight title with a split decision win over Abel Ramos on September 6, 2020. He was later elevated to the Super champion after then WBA (Super) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao was stripped of his title due to inactivity.
Spence discovered that he had a torn retina during a pre-fight medical examination by the NV State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas on Monday. He flew back home to Dallas, TX on Tuesday and will have surgery to repair the tear on Wednesday.
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Manny Pacquiao became the WBA (super) welterweight champion after defeating Keith Thurman via split decision back in 2019. Needless to say, had Manny continued in the WBA, he would have eventually come across the former Beijing Olympics bronze medalist.
He faces him now, under different circumstances of course, but for the same coveted belt that he held in 2019. Manny Pacquiao is the oldest welterweight champion in the history of the sport and will look to become a two-time welterweight champion with a win over Yordenis Ugas on August 21 inside T-Mobile Arena.
Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr. was one of the most awaited bouts of this year
Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr. was widely quoted to be one of the biggest bouts of this year. The undefeated Errol Spence Jr. was looking to secure the biggest payday of his life against the legendary Manny Pacquiao. On the other side, Manny had a chance to add another feather to his cap by winning the WBC, IBF, and The Ring welterweight titles.
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While there’s a likely possibility that the pair could share the boxing ring later this year when Spence Jr. is fit, the match-up against Yordenis Ugas is an equally tough challenge. Yordenis is a former Olympic bronze medalist, gold medalist in the 2005 World Championship, and has time and again proved his credibility inside the boxing ring.