Pacquiao Returns To The Ring As The Favorite In Saturday’s PBC Main Event

Posted on August 20, 2021 - Last Updated on March 6, 2024

Legendary fighter Manny Pacquiao enters the ring for the first time in two years on Saturday, Aug. 21 when he faces WBA welterweight victor Yordenis Ugas.

Sportsbook odds favor Pacquiao to claim the welterweight title during this PBC main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Pacquiao vs. Ugas betting odds

Pacquiao was originally slated to face unified welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr., but Spence was forced to withdraw after suffering a torn retina during training.

Ugas, as it happened, also had his original opponent withdraw due to injuries. Thus, the two were paired together for Saturday’s fight.

Pacquiao has won championship titles in eight weight divisions during his heavily-decorated career. During his 62 total career wins, he has secured 39 knockouts against his opponents.

His most recent fight came in July 2019 when he claimed the WBA title with a victory over Keith Thurman.

Ugas has suffered only one loss since 2015, earning a total of 12 knockouts, 14 wins by decision, and four losses during his professional career. Moreover, those wins have come against some of the world’s best welterweights.

Most recently, he claimed the WBA Super Welterweight title in 2020 by split decision against Abel Ramos.

Those looking to wager on a win from Pacquiao can find the best odds at BetMGM Sportsbook, which currently sit at -350.

BetMGM is also running a Boxing Props promo where bettors can wager on Pacquiao to win by KO, TKO, Technical Decision, or DQ at +160 odds.

Bettors with faith in Ugas, however, can jump over to FanDuel Tennessee and grab +300 odds.

FanDuel is also offering boosted odds of +160 on Pacquiao to win by points or decision.

Additional fights on the card

Guerrero vs. Ortiz

This title fight isn’t the only exciting welterweight bout on the evening’s schedule. Robert Guerrero takes on Victor Ortiz in the co-feature event. Guerrero entered a short retirement in 2017 after losing five of his previous seven matchups.

He returned in December 2018, going on to win three-consecutive bouts.

Ortiz, on the other hand, competed in his last fight in February 2018 against Devon Alexander which ended in a majority draw.

Caesars Sportsbook gives Guerrero -150 odds of securing a win, while DraftKings currently gives Ortiz the longest odds at +275.

Magsayo vs. Ceja

Another anticipated fight pits undefeated Filipino Mark Magsayo against previous featherweight champ Julio Ceja in a title eliminator event.

Magsayo has secured a knockout in 15 of his 22 professional fights. He is coming into the match following a TKO victory in April against Pablo Cruz.

Ceja, on the other hand, has not won a fight since 2017.

Odds for a Magsayo win are as high as -400 at FanDuel. Bettors can find the best value at Caesars, which situates odds for Magsayo’s victory at -270.

Bettors can stream the event live on FOX PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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