Ugas an 'easy work' for Pacquiao, says Casimero

Published August 19, 2021, 10:46 PM

by Carlo Anolin

John Riel Casimero, the protege of Manny Pacquiao, believes the Filipino boxing legend will finish the Cuban champion Yordenis Ugas in just three rounds when they clash at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Aug. 21 there.

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Yordenis Ugas in a staredown contest during the final press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ahead of their super WBA welterweight belt at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Aug. 21 there. (Wendell Alinea / MP Promotions)

This will be the second straight week of a showdown between the Philippines and Cuba following Casimero’s unanimous decision victory last Aug. 14 against Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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Casimero made it short but sweet in support of his mentor and senior.

“Easy work, three rounds” Casimero told boxing reporter Elie Seckbach of ESNews on the outcome of the Pacquiao-Ugas showdown.

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Casimero said the fighting senator is still “very strong” at age 42 and Pacquiao is out to defy age once more against a much younger opponent in Ugas, 35.

Interestingly, Casimero also called three rounds against Rigondeaux but it did not materialize as the Cuban pugilist was very technical in his approach, circling around the ring with the Filipino on the pursuit.

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The 12-round brawl set a new CompuBox record for the lowest total tallied punches in its 36-year history.

Earlier, Pacquiao likened the Casimer-Rigondeaux bout to his experience with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Casimero echoed Pacquiao’s sentiments and agreed that both Mayweather and Rigondeaux “are always running.”

That said, the 31-year-old Ormoc native boxer continues to hunt down names in the bantamweight division.

“Rematch? No way! [I want] Donaire but Donaire is scared. Inoue, you said you are a monster? I’m a real monster!” teased Casimero, calling the reigning unified WBC and IBF champion the “Japanese Turtle.”