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Yordenis Ugas to become Richer with win over Manny Pacquiao

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By Matt Lieberman: WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas is on the verge of adding to his already substantial net worth with the money he’ll be making fighting Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night on FOX Sports pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Yordenis Ugas one of the super-rich boxers

With a net worth estimated at $15 million, Ugas has done well for himself during his career, but he’s about to add to that total with his fight against Pacquiao.

Whatever money the talented 2008 Cuban Olympic bronze medalist Ugas has made during his 11-year professional career is going to be greatly surpassed with the payday he gets against the superstar Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) on Saturday night.

Ugas to add to his massive fortune

With a victory over the 42-year-old Pacquiao, Ugas could put himself in the same position former heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr was in with him earning another massive payday.

Ruiz Jr is a modern-day rag to riches story of a fighter who changed his life forever financially with an upset win over IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in June 2019.

Although Ruiz Jr. lost the rematch to Joshua, his net worth is now $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Manny Pacquiao

Ugas has impressive wins over these fighters:

  • Omar Figueroa
  • Jamal James
  • Thomas Dulorme

You make an argument that Shawn Porter’s name should be among the well-known fighters Ugas has been during his 11-year pro career, but he was on the receiving end up a controversial 12 round decision in his fight with ‘Showtime’ in 2019.

In contrast, Pacquiao has a long list of notable victories. These are some of the great victories for the Filipino star:

  • Erik Morales
  • Juan Manuel Marquez
  • Marco Antonio Barrera
  • Miguel Cotto
  • Antonio Margarito
  • Ricky Hatton
  • Keith Thurman
  • Tim Bradley
  • Oscar De La Hoya
  • Shane Mosley
  • Adrien Broner
  • Lucas Matthysse

It’s endless all the quality fighters that Pacquiao has beaten during his 26-year professional career, but he might run out of luck this Saturday night against Ugas. Father Time waits for no one, and Pacquiao might not be an exception.

Ugas to add to his massive fortune

“I’m well aware that Pacquiao is the favorite,” Ugas said. “But at the same time, I’m a champion. I have full confidence in myself and my ability to get a victory.”

Interestingly, many boxing fans mistakenly believe that Ugas has no chance, that he’s a token lamb for Pacquiao to slaughter, and there’s no chance of him winning.

The way that Ugas is being overlooked by the casuals and even the hardcore fans, shows how little they know about the sport. Ugas not only has a shot at winning, but you can also argue this should be viewed as a 50-50 fight if not one in which Yordenis is the favorite.

“To fight with Pacquiao, a legend. We have so much respect for him, but we need to beat the guy,” said Yordenis’ trainer Ismael Salas to Boxing Social.

“We got the right guy [Ugas] to do that. The job is done already. Unfortunately, we changed all the plans at the last minute [from the previously scheduled match against Fabian Maidana], but Yordenis Ugas has always fought like that.

“Since he’s been with me, it’s always been a last-minute change and he’s been beating everyone.

“Conditioning, we’re ready. We only have to switch from the plan we have to fight with Fabian Maidana to Manny Pacquiao.

“And we cannot tell you what we’re going to do in the fight,” Salas said when asked what the game plan is for Ugas.

“We will do all the best to best him. It’s going to be a noisy night for Manny Pacquiao,” said Salas in letting Manny knock Ugas is coming to win.

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