Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao is ready to make a statement, when he faces WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Initially, Pacquiao was scheduled to face IBF, WBC champion Errol Spence - who last week withdrew due to a serious eye injury that required immediate surgery.
The 42-year-old boxer has been out of the ring since July of 2019, when he won a twelve round split decision over Keith Thurman for the WBA belt.
Pacquiao, due to inactivity, was removed from the title - and the sanctioning body elevated 'regular' champion Ugas to the position.
Now the Filipino superstar will have the opportunity to reclaim the belt he once held.
"I feel great. My team has full confidence in my capabilities even at 42 years old and they note that I still have what it takes to face elite caliber opponents. Although the recuperation period of a 42-year-old may not be the same as a 25-year-old fighter, I still love what I am doing. I'm enjoying training and I'm learning more about myself everyday," Pacquiao told Betway.
"Everything is top secret, of course. I'm training and challenging myself daily and I am inspired to perform at my best owing to the fact that this might be my last fight. I've never given predictions. I always climb the ring ready and prepared for everything.
“Everything is at stake as this might be my last fight. I might as well finish the race with a spectacular performance. Legacies are subjective to the minds of the fans. Of course, a win for me after so long out would be very grand for my country and family."