The Unprecedented Circumstance Turned into an Anticipated Fight
Surprisingly, Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Yordenis Ugas will be the Filipino icon’s first coming off a two-year layoff and the first surrounded by unprecedented circumstances due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A lot has changed in terms of pre-fight coverage since Pacquiao last saw action against Keith Thurman in 2019. From an extended list of pre-flight requirements in the Philippines, including a negative COVID-19 test result, to the emergence of online pressers and daily coronavirus testing, the pandemic has changed the game in chronicling not just Pacquiao’s preparations, but also other sports events.
In view of this, Pacquiao’s camp has turned to such stringent health measures to avoid joining the list of recent high-profile fights that have been postponed due to COVID-19, particularly the Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos lightweight clash and the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder heavyweight showdown.