Sean Gibbons has handled Eight Division Champion Manny Pacquiao’s interns of managerial duties and has seen the Senator achieve wonders even as age seems to be fighting an almost successful battle against “The Senator” but certainly has a point in his latest statement ahead of his battle with Errol Spence Jr.
Gibbons tried putting together what it will mean, if Manny Pacquiao topples Errol Spence in their upcoming WBC/IBF title fight which takes place on the 21st of August at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
To Gibbons, a Pacquiao win will be the greatest win in Welterweight history as non of the Legends tried but failed to accomplish such a record.
“To me, it would be the greatest win in welterweight history,” Gibbons told Little Giant Boxing. “Again, he’s 42 years and eight months old. It doesn’t happen. It’s never happened. It’s never been done in history. The great ones at welterweight, when [Sugar Ray] Leonard was there, [Tommy] Hearns was there, [Roberto] Duran, Sugar Ray Robinson. Nobody’s accomplished beating a guy in their prime, undefeated, like Errol Spence, at this age in boxing.”
Pacquiao will enter the fight an underdog and will be fighting Spence, who has built his whole career at welterweight and has notable physical advantages over the 42 year old Senator but just like Thurman Fight, Pacquiao has built his career in fights he was considered an underdog.
“No weight division, except maybe the heavyweights, where you have guys accomplishing things in their 40s like the senator is accomplishing,” Gibbons said. “When you hit 37, 38, a lot of these guys are finished. To me, the greatest win in the welterweight division history and right up there in the top three [greatest wins] in the history of boxing.”
Gibbons doesn’t see anyone competing below the heavyweight achieving, competing and performing at such a high level at Pacquiao’s age and checking things out in history, he still hasn’t found a fighter with such a record.
With that Gibbons, who is also the President of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions believes the win will definitely go down as one of the biggest in Boxing history.
“[Muhammad] Ali and these guys when they got older, they didn’t win big fights after 37, 38,” said Gibbons. “Show me someone – outside of the heavyweights, George Foreman, Archie Moore – at 42 years and eight months, at welterweight, one of the toughest divisions in boxing, to accomplish what he is about to accomplish on the 21st [of August]. So absolutely, it goes down as one of the greatest wins in boxing.”
Pacquiao will be entering the ring for the first time since defeating Keith Thurman back in 2020 to win the WBA Super Welterweight Title with a unanimous decision. Spence Jr. has been more active, recently defeating top welterweight contender Danny Garcia with a unanimous decision in his WBC/IBF welterweight title defence earlier this year.
Gibbons is however not surprised to see the Bookmarkers Place Pacquiao an underdog ahead of the Spence Jr fight, giving the fact that everything is presently pointing at a loss for Pacquiao.
“Rightfully so, [Pacquiao] should be the underdog,” Gibbons said. “He’s giving age, weight, size, he’s giving up everything. Everything says he’s supposed to lose. Well, they told him that his whole life, that Manny Pacquiao is supposed to lose, so, this is no different. That’s why the numbers [the gambling odds] opened so big because Errol has so many physical advantages, but as you see, the numbers are coming down. Some people have faith in the senator.”