Three Matchups Added To Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr. Showdown on August 21
Just when you thought the Manny Pacquiao versus Errol Spence Jr. fight couldn’t get any better — it just did.
Three thrilling matchups have been stacked for the undercard on Saturday, August 21, which will be headlined by none other than eight-division world champion — and Philippine Senator — “Pacman” Pacquiao and current WBC and IBF world champion “The Truth” Spence.
The co-main event will spotlight WBA welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugás and Argentina’s Fabián “TNT” Maidana. At the same time, former world champions and brawlers Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will face off in a 10-round welterweight battle. Undefeated featherweight contender Mark Magsayo meets former world champion Julio Ceja in a 10-round event, kicking off the pay-per-view fight card at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
“Yordenis Ugás has established himself as an elite fighter in the star-studded welterweight division, and he will have to make sure he comes at his best for the always tough Argentine, Fabián Maidana,” President of TGB Promotions Tom Brown said.
“Robert Guerrero vs. Víctor Ortiz is a real treat for boxing fans as two of the sport’s most exciting veterans will battle looking to prove themselves ready for one more run at the world title. And in the opening bout, the up-and-coming featherweight contender Mark Magsayo of the Philippines will be up against his stiffest test to date in the former champion Julio Ceja,” he added.
Ugás (26-4, 12 KOs) returned from a hiatus in 2016, but quickly elevated himself to world champion in January after claiming a WBA belt over Abel Ramos last September. The Cuban boxer, who lives in Miami, Florida, had his eight-fight winning streak snapped due to a split-decision to Shawn Porter in a world title fight in March 2019.
Maidana (18-1, 13 KOs) — whose older brother is former two-division champion Marcos Maidana – is looking to become the latest Argentine world champion after the bout. The 29-year-old was on a run in his first 16 pro fights, but dropped a January 2019 decision to Jaider Parra. But Maidana has since fought back with a knockout of Ramses Agaton in September 2019 and a 10-round decision victory over Carlos Cordoba in last April.
Guerrero (36-6-1, 20 KOs) is a three-time world champion with titles at featherweight and super featherweight. The Ghost notched wins in his last three fights and most recently won a unanimous decision over Gerald Thomas in September 2019.
Ortiz (32-6-3. 25 KOs), a former 147-pound champion, is stepping back into the ring for the first time since a February 2018 draw against two-division champion Devon Alexander. He claimed the welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over Andre Verto in April 2011, but lost it to Floyd Mayweather.
Magsayo (22-0, 15 KOs) of Pasig City, Metro Manila, sealed his debut in the United States by defeating Rigoberto Hermosillo in October 2020. He recently knocked out Pablo Cruz in four rounds this past April. The 26-year-old holds 12-round decision victories over Shoto Hayashi, Jose Robles Olvera and a sixth-round stop to former title challenger Chris Avalos.
Ceja (32-4-1, 28 KOs), a former super bantamweight champion, will move up to featherweight, seeking a chance to capture a championship in a second division bout. The 28-year-old claimed his 122-pound title by besting Hugo Ruiz in 2015.
FIGHT SPORTS™ continues its run of acquiring rights to the biggest fights in the world, and this time secured the upcoming return of Pacquiao taking on the undefeated Spence Jr. for the World Welterweight Championship on August 21st from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
FIGHT SPORTS™ holds rights to the majority of Asia including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as territories that include Spain, Portugal, MENA, and the Caribbean, to name a few.
In addition to Pacquiao vs. Spence Jr. on August 21, FIGHT SPORTS™ will also broadcast the highly anticipated Heavyweight World Championship, Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III, Live on October 9.