Unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. believes that for Eight Division champion Manny Pacquiao, age is nothing but a number and will be expecting the best version of the Senator when they both share the ring on Saturday August 21st.
Pacquiao was an underdog heading into his WBA title unification with former world champion Keith Thurman but was able stun the then unbeaten champion and earned a unanimous decision. However, Pacquiao will be 43 years this year and obviously has a smaller frame as compared to Spence, who is a big welterweight.
“I just feel like, you know, just because he’s 42, about to turn 43, that doesn’t mean nothing cuz, you know, he doesn’t blow up in weight,” Spence told FOX Sports’ Heidi Androl. “Like he don’t get 20, 30 pounds out of weight, or you know, he’s not doing outside things that, you know, don’t distract him. I feel like, you know, he’s a boxer 24/7, you know, all year round. So, I feel like, you know, that helps him also with his age and things like that. So, that’s why I feel like, you know, he’s basically gonna be [the same fighter].
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) is training at a very high level as he believes Pacquiao will be at his very best version of the eight division champion as he doesn’t always lose shape while inactive.
“That’s why he’s been the same Manny Pacquiao for all these years and decades cuz, you know, he’s a guy that takes care of his body and, you know, stay disciplined, like he said. So, and that’s what I’m looking for. I’m looking for the Manny Pacquiao that fought Keith Thurman, the Manny Pacquiao before that. So, that’s why I’m gonna train and I’m gonna train hard.”
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) has recently fought just ones in each of the last four years. He stayed away from the ring for about a year after a controversial unanimous decision loss to Horn (20-3-1, 13 KOs), again staying for almost the same period away before his stoppage victory over Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs, 1 NC) and same too in his decision victories over Adrien Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) and formerly unbeaten Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC).
Spence most recently defeated Danny Garcia but heading into that fight, there were lots of questions about his abilities and the effects of the accident he got involved in back in 2019. However, those questions were answered in good fashion with a convincing unanimous decision victory over Garcia.