WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has a big believe IBF/WBC 147 pound champ Errol Spence Jr will be a much easier opponent than his former foe Keith Thurman and could defeat “The Truth” in a high stakes Unification fight.
The eight division champion Pacquiao hasn’t been in the ring since 2019, since he dropped and decision Keith Thurman to win the WBA welterweight strap at the MGM Grand Arena. The COVID 19 Pandemic stopped the 42 year old from competing in 2020.
Pacquiao is looking to make a return to the ring in 2021 and his potential opponents remain Spence and UFC star Conor McGregor. However the later is just speculation at the moment.
Spence was able to retain his titles with a onesided 12 round unanimous decision victory over Danny Garcia in December. However, his performance wasn’t so spectacular according to Pacquiao, who picked his last opponent as the quicker fighter.
“He [Spence] is too slow,” Pacquiao told Josef Ramos of BusinessMirror when discussing Spence’s comeback win over Garcia.
“Spence is slower than Thurman but it’s going to be a good fight.”
MP promotions president Sean Gibbons also believe Spence Jr. is a different fighter and isn’t fully recovered from his injuries acquired in his brutal car accident last year. He concludes that the Philipino legend will come out victorious in their potential meeting.
“I think Spence lost a step from the accident,” said Gibbons. “It’s a difficult fight but I think, yes [Pacquiao will beat Spence].”
Conor McGregor is out looking for a fight with Pacquiao, a fight that has a potential of replicating the output and income of McGregor’s fight against retired five division champion Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao wants to fight McGregor, which is basically for the money the fight could bring but has also admitted that Spence is his only other option.
“[Spence and McGregor are] my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA [mixed martial artist],” said Pacquiao. “I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino COVID-19 victims.”