“Age Is a Big Factor”- Joel Diaz Favors Errol Spence Jr. to Beat Manny Pacquiao

Published 04/30/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Erroll Spence Jr. in the ring after he defeated Shawn Porter in their IBF & WBC World Welterweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Spence, Jr won by decision. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


If everything falls in place, Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao can lace up the boxing gloves to make his return against Errol Spence Jr. The welterweight elites have been touted for a possible collision, and despite having no official confirmation, the potential matchup has already sent the combat world into a frenzy.

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The 42-year-old Pacquiao had his last fights against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman in 2019. He appeared prominent by claiming consecutive wins. However, veteran trainer Joel Diaz doesn’t seem to envision the same in a fight against ‘The Truth’.

Diaz has favored Errol Spence Jr. in a potential fight with Manny Pacquiao. Although he has expressed his respect for ‘Pac-Man’, the trainer still pointed out the fact that ‘The Truth’ will be at an advantage.

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Speaking with FightHype.com, Joel Diaz said, “That’s a fight, that you know Errol [Specne Jr.] should win because he is the young fighter. He is a bigger fighter, and he is a stronger fighter. Manny Pacquiao is fast, but I mean, he is amongst the best and one of the greatest fighters. But I just think age is a big factor.”

He added, “I mean he [Manny Pacquiao] is already an older fighter and competing against a young, full strong fighter like Errol Spence. I mean, I think Spence will beat him.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

If the fight takes place, ‘The Truth’ will put his undefeated record and world title on the line. A win against Pacquiao will enrich Spence Jr’s legacy. Moreover, it would be a perfect replacement for Terence Crawford’s absence.

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The welterweight division is yet to see a blockbuster unification between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford. So, Manny Pacquiao seems the rightful person to fill the void.

If this fight gets booked, do you see Joel Diaz’s words coming true?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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