Manny Pacquiao could be reinstated by the WBA as their (super) welterweight champion before his August 21st bout against Errol Spence.
Pacquiao was declared as “champion in recess” after failing to defend the title since winning it from Keith Thurman in July 2019.
The Ring welterweight title has been added as a third belt up for grabs in the Pac vs Spence bout.
Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence has become a more lucrative fight than it originally was.
The August 21 welterweight showdown was supposed to be a two-belt affair between the WBC and IBF champion Spence and the former 8-division legend Pacquiao. But a third world title could be added to the fight as the WBA is mulling about reinstating Pacquiao as its super champion.
Possible Pacman Reinstatement as Welterweight Champion
Sources: WBA board of governors will vote on the potential reinstatement of Manny Pacquiao as welterweight champ ahead of his Aug. 21 showdown with two-belt champ Errol Spence Jr. He’s currently champion in recess after two-year layoff. Yordenis Ugas was elevated in his absence
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) July 4, 2021
According to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, the WBA board of governors will vote on the possible reinstatement of Pacquiao as its WBA (super) welterweight champion after the Filipino ring icon’s management previously requested for it It can be recalled that Pacquiao was demoted to “champion in recess” status last January due to inactivity and “regular” champion Yordenis Ugas was promoted to full champion status.
Coppinger’s report follows the narrative spoken by WBA President Gilberto Mendoza last May when asked about the possibility of Pacquiao getting his belt back.
Looks like Pacquiao will be reinstated as Super Champion for his fight with Errol Spence.
Credit @ThaBoxingVoice for getting this interview #boxing #PacquiaoSpence pic.twitter.com/s53QB4JpFh
— LondonRunzBoxing (@LondonRunz) May 28, 2021
The Filipino ring legend won the WBA (super) welterweight title by defeating Keith Thurman via unanimous decision in July 2019. But Pacquiao was unable to defend his belt after winning it, partly due to the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Pacquiao was linked to bouts against Ryan Garcia and MMA superstar Conor McGregor but when he entered the ring after Spence’s victory over Danny Garcia, it was clear that Pac was going for the home run against the best welterweight today.
The Ring Welterweight Title Has Been Added
A third title is up for grabs on Aug. 21 🏆
IBF and WBC champion Errol Spence Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will now fight to become the first Ring welterweight champion since Floyd Mayweather relinquished the title in Sept. 2015. (via @RingMagazine) pic.twitter.com/5A3HttypzA
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) July 4, 2021
On Sunday, boxing publication The Ring announced that it would be putting its The Ring Welterweight title on the line in the Pacquiao-Spence showdown. The title has been vacant since Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired in 2015. Although it’s not an official world title, The Ring’s belts have the same mythical value as boxing’s lineal titles.
Under ordinary circumstances, a vacant The Ring title would be disputed by the division’s no.1 and no. 2 ranked fighters. But since a fight between no. 1 Spence and no. 2 Crawford looking like a mere fantasy matchup right now, the publication has decided to use a provision that says that a bout between no. 1 and no. 3 can determine a The Ring title, provided that no. 3 is a worthy challenger. The Ring’s editorial board decided that Pac was that and so next month’s Pac-Spence bout will be a three-belt title fight.
Online sportsbook BetOnline currently has Spence as a -240 odds on favorite and Pacquiao the +190 underdog. Those odds are much closer now as Spence opened as a big -450 betting favorite at the same bookmaker. But with the Philippine betting money starting to pour in, Pacquiao’s odds have narrowed after opening at +350.