(Paris) Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino boxing legend, was declared “champion at rest” on the night of Friday to Saturday by the WBA, of which he was the holder of the welterweight belt which now goes to Cuban Yordenis Ugas.
Pacquiao, 42, has not boxed since winning the WBA welterweight belt over Keith Thurman in Las Vegas in July 2019.
“Thank you to the WBA for elevating me to a super champion and doing what’s best for the sport. Manny Pacquiao is a legend and he will always be a champion, his intention was to fight [Conor] McGregor and now Ryan [Garcia], but one cannot, by sheltering behind his history, to appropriate a championship, commented the new holder of the WBA welterweight belt, Yordenis Ugas, on Twitter.
After announcing he wants to play a fight against Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Conor McGregor, Pacquiao appears to be heading for a fight against rising star lightweight American Ryan Garcia, 21 wins in as many fights. , including 18 by K.-O ..
The latter announced this week on social networks an upcoming fight against “Pac-Man”, who leads a political career in the Philippines, where he is elected senator, while continuing to box at the highest level.
“It’s an honor to step into the ring with Manny Pacquiao,” Ryan Garcia wrote on Instagram, speaking of a “dream come true” without specifying in what weight class the fight was scheduled.