Ugas: I plan to retire Pacquiao

WBA Super 147lbs champion Yordenis Ugas is determined to be the final opponent Filipino great Manny Pacquiao faces in a boxing ring.

After WBC and IBF king Errol Spence withdrew earlier this month due to an eye injury, Ugas stepped in to grab an opportunity of a lifetime he doesn’t plan to waste – this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

With Pacquiao’s career winding down at 42, ahead of a full-time career in politics, Ugas hopes to be in the right place at the right time to retire a legend.

“I’m here to wreck any future plans Manny Pacquiao has in the ring and make sure that Saturday is his last fight,” said Ugas upon his grand arrival in Las Vegas.

“It feels great to be in the main event Saturday night against a true legend like Pacquiao. I can’t wait to get in the ring on Saturday night.

“I didn’t hesitate at all when I got offered this fight. I knew right away what a big opportunity it would be and what a win like this can do for my career.”

Pacquiao added: “Boxing is my passion. That’s why I’m still here giving inspiration to the boxing fans and bringing honour to my country. I’m happy doing my job and working hard. They have to try to slow me down in training because I always want to go more rounds.

“This could be my last fight or there could be more. I’m turning 43 in December and my plan has always been to just go one fight at a time. I encourage the fans all over the world to watch this fight because you never know.”

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