Gilberto Mendoza, WBA President, admits there is a “high probability” that Manny Pacquiao will be reinstated as WBA champion for Errol Spence Jr. Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
When Manny Pacquiao made the stunning announcement that he was facing Errol Spence Jr. on August 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada, not only did he knock out most of the boxing world, he also left the president of the WBA sanctioning body Gilberto Mendoza, stunned.
Although Pacquiao was sidelined for about a year and a half, there were widespread rumors that he was set to face former Four Division champion Mikey Garcia or weight belt holder. WBO welterweight Terence Crawford.
Yet despite the hearsay, Mendoza was firmly convinced that Pacquiao was about to confront someone else.
“Initially, the plan was (Yordenis) Ugas to fight Pacquiao,” Mendoza said in a recent interview with ThaBoxingVoice. “But now the Spence fight has been announced.”
A supposed clash between Ugas and Pacquiao was simply to dispel the confusion up his sanctioning body. After beating Keith Thurman in July 2019, Pacquiao was crowned with the WBA welterweight title. Ugas, on the other hand, highlighted marginal contender Abel Ramos for the “ regular ” WBA title in September 2020. With Pacquiao out for a long time, he then went from full champion to champion during recess while that Ugas was brought up. to the full belt support.
Now, with Pacquiao announcing that he will face Spence Jr. for his WBC and IBF world titles, the Filipino native and his representatives have reached out to Mendoza to be reinstated as super champion once again.
Although Mendoza refrained from making an official decision, he nevertheless offered a glimpse of his likely settlement.
“Sean Gibson representing Manny, they wrote a letter to be put back there,” Mendoza explained. “We are working on it. There is a high probability. It must be managed by a championship committee and voted on before being sent to the president. “
As Mendoza continues to work behind the scenes to resolve the issue, if he does in fact choose to reinstate Pacquiao, Ugas could be a strange man. The Cuban native continues to search for an opponent as he tries to get back into the ring.
While Pacquiao’s efforts to regain his championship status have confused the WBA’s sanctioning body, Mendoza appears to be on track to dispel the uncertainty.