Manny Pacquiao, the ageless former eight-division world champion is set to take on current WBA champion, Yordenis Ugás, this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The two combatants will unify their titles after WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. was forced to withdraw from fighting Pacquiao after suffering a torn retina during his training. To many, this writer included, the fight with Ugás is actually the better battle — though commercially it could be less appealing to casual fight fans.
That said, FanDuel has an absolute knockout of an offer for new users… a hard hitting 30-1 boost for all new users. It moves the line from Pacquiao (-310) to Pacquiao (+3000) or Ugás (+225) to (+3000); on a $5 bet, you can win $150.
Before we get too far into this, there is a major caveat when placing a bet: Pacquiao is nowhere near the fighter he was compared to his prime. Truthfully, it is hard to believe that he is as good as he was in July 2019 when he beat Keith Thurman to become WBA welterweight champ. But his name is a draw, and he is an all-timer, so it is likely this fight is worth the price of admission.
For his part, Ugás should be entering the ring on a 12-fight winning streak. He also should have more dominant wins on his resume.
The only defeat he has suffered in that string of fights came in a (very) debated split decision loss at the hands of Shawn Porter. The larger problem in that span has been a reluctance from the judges to give Ugás the rounds he has overwhelmingly deserved. In his most recent fight, Ugás won a split decision against Abel Ramos. The scorecards read 115-113 Ugas on two, and 117-111 Ramos on the other. For most fight fans it appeared that Ugás won 10 of the 12 rounds, many of them pretty convincingly. To see the scoring disparity is alarming.
Ugás’ lack of star power could play a pivotal role in this fight as the trend – or at least perception – exists that an underdog has to truly dominate for judges to concede a round versus a favorite like Pacquiao.
Pac is now 42. He is six years removed from his fight with Floyd Mayweather, which most everyone accepts was about five years too late from when it should have happened. Added together, that is more than a decade from his dominance. It is a window that simply cannot be ignored.
Ugás has continued to be a grinder, coming up the ranks of a pretty stacked welterweight division, but his wins do not carry the water that beating Pacquiao would do.
As a new user, we would sign up, and take the first bet boost on Pacquiao to gain the boost for a $5-to-$150 opportunity versus betting clean on him at (-310). We would also make a second hedge bet on Ugás, in the $50 range at +225, which puts a win in $110 range. Either way, you can leave Saturday with nearly +100 in your bank, no matter who gets the victory.