Manny Pacquiao was supposed to fight left-handed Errol Spence Jr., but after Spence withdrew due to an eye injury, Cuban Yordenis Ugas — the WBA super welterweight titleholder who was supposed to fight on the undercard of Pacquiao vs Spence at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas — suddenly took over as Pacquiao’s opponent.
With the unexpected alterations, Paquiao admitted that he is now in a bit of a pickle because his new opponent has a different fighting style than the Spence for whom he had prepared.
Ugas has been introduced as an orthodox fighter or right-handed fighter using the dominant fist.
“The only danger for this fight is the change in stance,” said Pacquiao, adding that Ugas is not too much of a problem for him as an orthodox fighter.
Most of Pacquiao’s opponents are orthodox fighters and it was only in 2008 that he last fought against southpaw David Diaz.
Pacquiao said he doesn’t care if his opponent is left or right.
“I always consider myself a bipartisan boxer. I am happy to fight either right-handed or southpaw fighters,” said the Filipino boxer.
“It’s no problem for me at all to switch the styles I’m going to face,” he added.
He instantly went into the 8-round sparring to acclimate to training after learning that Ugas was his opponent.
Even coach Freddie Roach went straight to YouTube to analyze Ugas’ fight and figure out what technique they would employ to easily defeat the Cuban fighter.
He said there is no indication that Pacquiao will stop boxing at the age of 42 because he is prepared to face any challenge his opponents may throw at him.
“Both Spence and Ugas are aggressive fighters, which I like,” said Roach.
“I’m not disappointed at all,” he added.