Ugas: I am fighting for my legacy and for Cuba

Following a last-ditch injury to Errol Spence, Yordenis Ugas has found himself elevated to the marquee fight he has pursued for his entire career. 

Earlier this week, WBA Super 147lbs champion Ugas stepped in to face legendary Filipino Manny Pacquiao after WBC and IBF king Spence withdrew because of a torn retina.

Now Miami-based Cuban Ugas, who was upgraded to WBA Super belt holder at the expense of Pacquiao due to the eight-division champion’s inactivity, can prove he is worthy of his status at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 21.

“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 can’t wait to show everyone what I’m capable of,” said Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs).

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

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

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

“Underestimating Manny Pacquiao is out of the question. He’s 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. I’m planning on leaving everything in the ring. I can guarantee an amazing fight. We’re going to give a big gift to the fans on August 21. I’m leaving my heart out there for all my fans.”

Main image: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions.