Errol Spence Jr. had August 21 as the date he'd take out one of boxing's greatest legends in Manny Pacquiao. While the boxing icon did fall, it wasn't him throwing the punches.

That's why to see Yordenis Ugas take Manny Pacquiao the distance and secure the unanimous decision win was probably a heartbreaking moment. Ugas had to replace Spence Jr. on 11 days notice after the latter suffered a retinal tear in his left eye. Who knew he'd also steal the moment Errol Spence Jr. had been dreaming of? Spence could only muster one word that said a lot about what he was feeling right after the result.


No disrespect to Yordenis Ugas, and Manny Pacquiao too for that matter, but judging by how the fight went, Errol Spence Jr. probably could have garnered a similar result.

Spence after all is still undefeated at 27-0 and coming off impressive victories over Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and the previously unbeaten Mikey Garcia, who Spence handed his first loss in 40 career boxing matches.

But after the brief moment of envy, Errol Spence Jr. congratulated his replacement for shocking the boxing world.

Manny Pacquaiao at age 42 isn't the fighter that he once was. But to have the chance to potentially add him on the list of fighters you've fought and gotten the better of is definitely still special. Unfortunately for Errol Spence Jr., that opportunity went to Yordenis Ugas, and he took full advantage.