Manny Pacquiao will not guarantee that he will continue boxing after his upcoming fight with Yordenis Ugas, but told ESPN that if he continues his career, he would like to fight Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr.
“I do not know if it will be my last [time in the ring]”We’re going to see match after match,” Pacquiao said Wednesday during an interview with ESPN KnockOut. But if I have the opportunity to make one more match, then I would like to meet the best – either Terence Crawford or Errol Spence. “
Pacquiao said he was happy to have the chance to fight Ugas despite the fact that his original opponent, Spence, was forced to retire last week due to an injury to his right eye. Ugas, who was originally scheduled to meet Fabian Maidana on the undercard, took the fight at short notice and settles on Saturday night with Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Crawford and Spence are considered the two best welterweights in the division and two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), 42, from the Philippines, is a -360 favorite to defeat Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs), 35, from Cuba, according to Caesars Sportsbook. And while his coach, Freddie Roach, assured that the end of the match will come by knockout, Pacquiao was more cautious.
“I’m sure he says that because he saw me train with a lot of discipline and passion, because the fight with Spence was on its way, but we will try to do our best in the ring,” Pacquiao said. “We hope everyone likes the fight.”
Pacquiao reiterated that opposition change has not been an issue because he has faced Orthodox fighters many times over the course of his career. He said it was only a matter of a day or two in camp to reset his mindset, leave Spence and focus on Ugas, who will defend the WBA’s super welterweight title.
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