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  Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugs
Virtual Press Conference Quotes

Eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny Pacman Pacquiao and WBA Welterweight World Champion Yordenis Ugs previewed their championship showdown during a virtual press conference on Wednesday before they meet in the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View main event Saturday, August 21 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Ugs steps up to replace Errol Spence Jr. in the main event, as Spence recovers from an eye injury. Ugs had been preparing to make his first title defense in the co-main event and will now face the boxing legend Pacquiao in a career-defining fight, defending the same title that Pacquiao won when he defeated Keith Thurman in his last fight July 2019.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:


I want to say that Im praying for Errol to make a fast recovery from his injury. Health is always the priority and the most important thing. I did my best in training and in preparation for this fight, so I wanted to make sure my hard work was not wasted.

Ugs was ready to fight and challenge me on August 21. So its a great thing that I can show off my hard work in the gym when we face each other on fight night.

Im not disappointed at all in what happened because my hard work will not be wasted. Ugs stepped up and is bringing his WBA championship into the fight, which Im excited to fight for.

I always consider myself a bipartisan boxer. I am happy to fight either right-handed or southpaw fighters. Its no problem for me at all to switch the styles that Im going to face.

What I can say to the fans is that this is definitely not an easy fight. Ugs is a champion because they gave him my belt. Now, we have to settle it inside of the ring. I cannot take him lightly, because hes the kind of fighter who will take advantage of that.

I have a lot of people around me that motivate me to win this fight, especially for my family. Im also very motivated to give the fans a great fight that theyre going to enjoy in the arena or watching on pay-per-view.

In the end, I want to win the belts. Im so excited for this championship fight and I dont care if Im the challenger or champion coming into it. Well see who is the champion after August 21.

I know that Ugs is also very prepared for his fight because he was going to be on the undercard. If there was no Ugs on the undercard, its possible we would have cancelled the fight. Its a good thing we had another welterweight champion on the card for this scenario that happened.

The only danger for this fight is the change in stance. Both Spence and Ugs are aggressive fighters, which I like. We can create a lot of great action in the ring that the fans will love.

I would tell the fans not to miss this fight. This is going to be a really good one. Im sure that me and Ugs are going to give a fight full of action. Im excited to see everyone in Las Vegas on August 21.


Im feeling great and super excited to fight on this big stage. Im ready to go get in the ring on August 21. I couldnt be more excited for this fight.

When I got the call that I was going to face one of the best fighters in history, it just pushed my excitement to new highs. I cant wait to show everyone what Im capable of.

I also want to wish Errol Spence Jr. a safe and fast recovery. I hope he gets healthy soon and we see him back in the ring.

Im used to taking fights at the last minute. Its really nothing new to me. Once I knew I was fighting Pacquiao, I got right back to work, because Im always ready to fight anyone they put in front of me.

I got elevated to being the WBA champion in January, but now we can say that whoever wins on August 21 is the true WBA Welterweight World Champion.

Its all about making adjustments at this point. Ive had a lot of experience doing this before fights. Its happened multiple times, so Im truly prepared at all times to adjust to whatever comes my way.

Fighting Manny Pacquiao is very significant to me. It means the world to me. Im not fighting for the money, Im fighting for my legacy, and for my country. This is the most important fight of my life.

Im well-aware that Pacquiao is the favorite. But at the same time, Im a champion. Since I came back five years ago, Ive overcome so much. Ive faced so many strong opponents in order to get to where I am today. I have full confidence in myself and my ability to get a victory.

When I went away from boxing, I was focused on family and spending time with my son. At that time, I never thought I would be defending a title against Manny Pacquiao. But for the past five years Ive been one of the most active and successful boxers out there and Im ready to prove myself once again.

Im a fighter not only inside of the ring, but outside of the ring I fight for the freedom of my people. Thats the most important thing to me. I hope everyone fighting for freedom in Cuba is safe and knows that Ill be fighting for them on Saturday, August 21.

Underestimating Manny Pacquiao is out of the question. Hes going to be ready. I have prepared to face the best so that I can become the best.

This is going to be a great fight for all the fans. Im planning on leaving everything in the ring. I can guarantee an amazing fight. Were going to give a big gift to the fans on August 21. Im leaving my heart out there for all my fans.


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