Manny Pacquiao May Get His WBA Title Back Before Spence Fight
The World Boxing Assocation (WBA) is mulling on voting to hand over its welterweight championship strap back to the legendary Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2). The PacMan earned his welterweight title after defeating Keith Thurman in July 2019.
The 42-year-old was later stripped off the belt for lack of activity and he was made the “Champion In Recess”. Some believed that this was unfair for the PacMan since the coronavirus pandemic was on the rise during the time he remained inactive.
Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas, 34, has since been donning the WBA 147-lb belt which fell in his lap last February.
Veteran boxing journalist Mike Coppinger has hinted that the association is now likely to hand him over the title to the PacMan before Errol Spence Jr. meets him in the ring on August 21.
In this case, four championships will be on the line in August and there is a high chance of witnessing an undisputed championship fight for the 147-lb division soon after the fight goes down in Las Vegas.
If the lone eight-division champion upsets the odds to beat Spence, he will meet WBO champion Terence Crawford next for the undisputed title showdown in either late 2021 or early 2022.