Conor McGregor and his management team got their wish ... sorta.
Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will no longer fight Errol Spence Jr. on Sat., Aug. 21, 2021, after “The Truth” had to withdraw with an eye injury, according to Yahoo! Sports. “PacMan” will now lace ‘em up opposite Yordenis Ugas for the WBA (Super) Welterweight title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) ordered a routine pre-fight eye exam ahead of the showdown, which revealed Spence has a torn retina in his left eye.
“I’m very disappointed that I won’t be able to fight Manny Pacquiao on August 21,’’ Spence said in a statement. “I was excited about the fight and the event. Unfortunately, the doctors found a tear in my left eye and said I needed to get surgery on it ASAP and that there was no way I could fight with my eye in that condition. I’d like to apologize to everyone. You know I’ll be back as soon back soon. We’ve come back from worse.’’
Pacquiao will now fight WBA (Super) Welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas, owner of the title that was taken from Paciquao by the World Boxing Association (WBA).
“He’ll go ahead and fight Ugas, because he’s a fighter and that’s what he does,” Sean Gibbons, the president of Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, told the publication. “When that’s over, he’ll consider all of his options and that would include Errol.”
“Pacquiao vs. Spence” will headline the pay-per-view (PPV) event on Aug. 21, 2021, which will be available via FOX Sports in the United States and FITE TV internationally.
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