Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas Odds: Tracking Line Moves for Saturday’s Title Fight
JP Yim/Getty Images. Pictured: Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas Odds
This week was supposed to be a meeting between the No. 6 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Errol Spence Jr., and the eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Now, with Spence out due to a torn retina in his left eye, current WBA welterweight champ Yordenis Ugas has stepped in on short notice to face the Filipino icon on Saturday night at the T-Mobile center in Las Vegas.
Ugas unknown to most people who don’t follow boxing, but has been more active than Pac Man over the past two years. The two men fought on the same card in 2019, but Pacquiao hasn’t been in the ring since.
The Cuban boxer, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, has seen the ring twice since, including his win against Abel Ramos for the vacant WBA welterweight title in September 2020.
At 42 years old, Pacquiao still garners significant respect from oddsmakers because of his reputation. He was listed at +170 before the fight with Spence was called off, but he opened as a -300 favorite when lines were posted with his new opponent.
Five days ahead of Saturday’s match, Pacquiao’s odds have settled around -360 at Caesars and given his popularity, he could get bet up even further before he steps into the ring. His popularity typically results in bettors throwing money on him during fight week as casual bettors flood into Las Vegas.
You can see how Pacquiao and Ugas’ odds shift below as fight night nears.