LAS VEGAS – Sean Gibbons believes Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas will quickly help dissatisfied fight fans forget the most recent bout between a Filipino and a Cuban.

Gibbons, the president of Pacquiao’s promotional company, expects Pacquiao and Ugas to deliver entertainment for however long their fight lasts Saturday night. Pacquiao, unlike fellow Filipino John Riel Casimero, will encounter a cooperative combatant in Cuba’s Ugas, according to Gibbons, in their 12-round fight for Ugas’ WBA “super” welterweight title at T-Mobile Arena.

Casimero spent almost all 12 rounds this past Saturday night following an unwilling Guillermo Rigondeaux around the ring at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Rigondeaux’s ridiculously cautious approach led to a boring bout Casimero won by split decision to retain his WBO bantamweight championship.

Showtime televised Casimero-Rigondeaux as the main event of a tripleheader. Even more is expected of Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) and Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs) because they’ll headline a four-fight FOX Sports Pay-Per-View show that costs $74.95 in the United States.

“The difference is Ugas comes to win,” Gibbons told following a press conference Wednesday at MGM Grand Garden Arena. “Stylistically, he’s got a huge heart. He wants to fight. He’s shown that when he’s got off the deck. So, unfortunately, it’s like apples and oranges. Just because they’re both Cuban doesn’t make them the same type of person.”

Gibbons again referred to Rigondeaux’s reluctance to engage Casimero, who is promoted by Pacquiao’s company, as an “embarrassment” for the Cuban southpaw.

“With Rigondeaux’s style, we’re gluttons for punishment,” Gibbons said. “We banned him one time [unofficially from American television]. He was banned from everywhere. Then he kinda creeped back in. Now he managed to ban himself again. Someone should never pay to see him again. But Ugas is just a completely different style.

“And I think it’s gonna be a lot like the Lucas Matthysse fight. The senator’s gonna figure him out, the senator’s gonna use some angles and it’s gonna be the senator’s first KO since the Lucas Matthysse fight. And believe me, the way [Pacquiao] trained for this fight, he’s getting the knockout.”

The 42-year-old Pacquiao has one knockout in his past 16 fights. He dropped Argentina’s Matthysse three times and stopped him in the seventh round of their July 2018 bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 35-year-old Ugas has not been knocked out in 30 professional fights since his debut in July 2010.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.