Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has been designated to WBA Welterweight Champion in Recess.
Pacquiao captured the WBA (Super) Welterweight Championship back in July 2019. He defeated Keith Thurman via split decision to win the gold. Pacquiao handed Thurman the first loss of his pro boxing career.
“PacMan” hasn’t competed since that time and as a result, the WBA has promoted Yordenis Ugas from “Regular” to “Super” titleholder. Ugas defeated Abel Ramos back in September 2020 to win the vacant WBA (Regular) Welterweight gold, which is his first world title.
Here is the WBA’s statement on designating Pacquiao as “Champion in Recess.”
“Filipino Manny Pacquiao has been named Champion in Recess by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in a resolution issued by the Championships Committee, while Cuban Yordenis Ugas was promoted to Welterweight Super Champion.
Pacquiao won the Super Champion belt in July 2019 when he defeated American Keith Thurman, however, he has not defended the belt since then.
The WBA, according to its rule C.14, dictates that champions and their teams are required to know the WBA rules and regulations. Rule C.22-24 states that when a champion is unable to defend the belt for medical, legal or other reasons beyond his control, he may be named champion in recess. The medical reasons must be documented before the WBA Medical Committee, while the legal reasons must be evidenced before the legal director and the Championships Committee.
Any inconvenience that may arise in the process will be resolved under the guidelines of the WBA regulations.”
Rumors have been swirling about a potential clash between Pacquiao and interim WBC Lightweight Champion Ryan Garcia. It’s been reported that while the bout isn’t finalized, it would be an exhibition match.
Pacquiao had expressed mutual interest in a fight with MMA superstar Conor McGregor. Interest waned following McGregor’s upset TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.