Luis Carlos Abregu has surgery on hand; off Pacquiao-Rios card
By Chris Williams: #1 WBC, #5 WBO, welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu (35-1, 28 KO’s) suffered a hand injury while training to fight on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios fight card on November 23rd, in Macao, China. Abregu, 29, has already had surgery performed on his hand, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, but his hand won’t be healed in time to fight on the November 23rd card.
This is unfortunate for Abregu, because his fight was supposed to be on the televised portion of the Pacquiao-Rios pay-view-card, and now it won’t be. The fight card doesn’t really have much going for it to lure U.S fans to purchase it other than the Pacquiao-Rios fight.
If you’re into seeing flyweight Zou Shiming fight, he’ll be on the card, but I’m not sure how much of an impact he’ll have in luring American fans into purchasing the fight card. I know for me, I’m not interested at all in seeing the 2-0 Shiming fight what will likely be an over-matched, light hitting fighter.
Even if the Abregu fight had been on the card, it wouldn’t have been enough to interest me in purchasing the card. I already saw Abregu get beaten by Tim Bradley in the past, and that was enough for me to never want to see him again.
Abregu has won his last five fights since his loss to Bradley, beating Thomas Dulorme and Antonin Decarie, as well as four obscure fighters I’ve never heard of.
The Top Rank promoted Abregu is ranked #1 by the World Boxing Council at 147, and you would think that with that ranking he might get a fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. one of these days. But that’s never going to happen. If the WBC tries to push Mayweather Jr. into taking that fight, he’ll simply vacate the title, and the WBC will have Abregu as their champion instead of Mayweather.
Somehow, I don’t see the WBC doing that anytime soon. It would be like shooting themselves in the foot. Mayweather Jr. will likely never fight Abregu, and not because he’s afraid of him. It’s one of those promotional things, and besides that, how do you see Mayweather vs. Abregu on PPV? Who would want to see that in the U.S?