Manny Pacquiao arrives in Las Vegas, enters final phase of preparation for Ugas fight

Published August 17, 2021, 5:32 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

Manny Pacquiao trains at Griffith Park in Los Angeles with his team. (Photo by Wendell Alinea)

Manny Pacquiao finally arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday for the final phase of his preparation for Sunday’s WBA welterweight championship bout against holder Yordenis Ugas of Cuba at the T-Mobile Arena.

Pacquiao and his entourage made it to the MGM Grand with little fanfare due to COVID-19 restrictions but TGB Promotions has scheduled to hold a grand arrival for both fighters at the Toshiba Plaza.

Before heading to Sin City, Pacquiao did his normal jog at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and went to the Wild Card Gym for a brief training session.

“All the coaching staff are very happy, Freddie (Roach) is also happy because the timing in there—and it really feels so good. My condition is great and we were able to adjust quickly in training,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao also sees no problem making last-minute changes after Ugas came in as a substitute for Errol Spence Jr.

Spence, the WBC and IBF welterweight champion, backed out of the fight due to an eye injury.

Pacquiao is back in Las Vegas for the first time since July when he beat Keith Thurman with a split decision victory at the MGM Grand.

He is joined by head trainer Buboy Fernandez, assistants Jonathan Peñalosa and Nonoy Neri, and longtime trainer Freddie Roach who serves as fight consultant along with Marvin Somodio.