KEY POINTS

  • An unlikely challenger recently called out Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence and Terence Crawford
  • The challenger claims he got robbed during loss to Shawn Porter
  • Ugas also said he already beat Crawford in an amateur fight

Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, three of the biggest names in the welterweight division, have been called out by an unlikely challenger.

Before boxing was put on hiatus by the coronavirus pandemic, eight-division title holder Pacquiao was being called out by an array of top welterweights. Even former UFC champ Conor McGregor has been reportedly keen on fighting the Filipino legend. Despite being a top contender from a different sport, many are still convinced that McGregor presents a strong case to become Pacquiao’s next opponent. Some insiders claim that Pacquiao vs. McGregor is targeted for 2021 but both parties have yet to confirm a proposed date.

Amid all the talks about Pacquiao’s next fight, a former champ named Yordenis Ugas, who is quite not in the legendary boxer’s wavelength, decided to call him out. Ugas expressed his thoughts on a recent live interview on social media (via Fighthype.com), saying he wants a title shot against Pacquiao and even returning champ Spence.

“I would like to fight the WBA champion [Manny Pacquiao]. I think I did everything to become a world champion, and I think I won the fight. Let’s see if Spence takes the challenge,” Ugas said.

Ugas also took the chance to reintroduce himself to the world. Being aware that many have not heard of him, the 33-year-old reminded the fans about his most notable fight which was apparently included in the Floyd Mayweather vs. McGregor fight card. For the record, the only top-tier welterweight written on Ugas’ resume was former two-time world champion Shawn Porter. Unfortunately, Porter managed to defeat him via split decision and a year later, Ugas now claims that he got “robbed” during the fight.

“Thomas Dulorme was my most challenging fight, and the one I’m most proud of. I was notified ten days before the fight, and I won. Millions of people watched me because that was the night that Floyd fought McGregor,” Ugas recalled.

What’s even more surprising about Ugas was that he also claims he already defeated current WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford in an amateur fight. Like Pacquiao and Spence Jr, Ugas also wants a crack at Crawford.

“I think I can win that fight. We already fought in the amateurs, and I won 26-10. I think he’s a great fighter, and one of the best in the division. But so am I, and it would be a great fight together. I’ll be ready when boxing is back,” Ugas said of Crawford.

Terence Crawford, 29-0 (20 KO) Terence Crawford, 29-0 (20 KO) Photo: Getty