Boxing star Manny Pacquiao recently discussed John Riel Casimero defeating Guillermo Rigondeaux in a new video in his car and compared Casimero dodging him to Floyd Mayweather.
“I’m happy, I’m glad he retained his belt. The thing is, I’m disappointed because I wanted to fight him. It’s like Manny Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.”
With undefeated WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence sidelined while he recovers from retina surgery, all eyes are on WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas.
Ugas had stepped up from the card’s co-main event and will defend his title against eight-division world champion and boxer and Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, this Saturday, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Freddie Roach recently opened up on Manny Pacquiao vs Lehlo Ledwab
Twenty years back, IBF junior featherweight champion Lehlo Ledwab was scheduled to make a title defense against Enrique Sanchez but latter was injured in training camp and the hunt was on for a replacement. After a few name opponents rejected the fight, Manny, the IBF’s No. 3 world-rated contender, received the offer, which he and his new trainer world-famous Freddie Roach readily accepted. Manny was dominant over Ledwaba, busting him up from pillar to post until the fight was stopped in the sixth round.
“I was in very good shape since I had recently fought in the Philippines and had just begun to work with Freddie,” said Manny, who ends his Wild Card Boxing Club training camp today.
“I was a day away from going home to the Philippines when the fight was offered to me. I was so excited. This was a great opportunity. There was no way I was going to pass it up. Freddie and I worked every day those two weeks until the weigh-in. That is how we started to get to know each other. Ugás is in a similar situation. He was already training for a welterweight title fight on the same card as mine so he too is ready to make the most of this opportunity. I know what Ugás is feeling because twenty years ago I was Ugás. I am not taking him for granted. In fact I am taking him as seriously as I took Errol Spence.
“I will not make the same mistake Ledwaba made with me. I still have the same hunger to win. I live for it. I have had a great training camp and I am well-prepared. I want to prove to everyone, especially Yordenis Ugás, that I am still here. My title was given to Ugás. That is not how you become a champion. You earn it by winning it inside the ring. We will fight for the title. That is the proper way a champion is crowned.”