Minnie Pacquiao said on Wednesday that Cuban Jordanis Yogas, who agreed to put his WBA Welterweight Championship belt on the line against the Philippine South Pau on short notice, would not be underestimated.
Pacquiao was preparing to fight WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence, Jr. in Las Vegas on August 21 but a retina tear forced the American to retreat and on Tuesday Ugas was announced as Pacquiao’s new opponent. has been.
Yugas (26-4, 12 KOs) defeated Abel Ramos of the United States for the vacant WBA regular welterweight title last September and became the WBA Super Champion due to the inactivity of Pacquiao as he Hasn’t fought since July 2019.
“This fight is not an easy fight,” eight-division champion Pekio told a virtual news conference.
“I never take it lightly because he’s a kind of fighter you don’t understand well. It’s going to be a good fight.”
Yugas, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has established himself as an elite welterweight after returning from dismissal in 2016.
The 35-year-old Cuban has won 11 of his last 12 battles, only defeating American Sean Porter in March 2019 in a controversial split decision.
Yugas was originally set to defend its first title against Fabian Madana on the undercard on August 21, but Argentina withdrew due to injury, which opened the way for Yugas to advance from the undercard to the main event.
Yugas said that although he thinks Pacquiao is a favorite, he is confident that he will be able to call it the biggest fight of his life.
“It means the world to me,” Yogas said during the availability of virtual media. I am fighting not for money but for my legacy, for my country, for my story to be told.
“That’s why this is the most important fight of my life.”