Analyzing Errol Spence Jr.’s Best Knockout Win – Is Manny Pacquiao in Trouble?

Published 05/24/2021, 11:40 AM EDT
FRISCO, TX – JUNE 16: Errol Spence Jr. knocks out Carlos Ocampo in the first round of a IBF Welterweight Championship bout at The Ford Center at The Star on June 16, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)


Unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is one of the best active boxers in the world. The undefeated American has shown his class, beating some of the best in the division. And his planned bout against Manny Pacquiao shows he has no intention of stopping.

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Spence Jr. and Pacquiao sent the boxing world into a frenzy when they announced they would face off on August 21. So ahead of his bout against the Filipino Senator, we look back at his fight against Chris Algieri and see what it means for Manny Pacquiao.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Erroll Spence Jr. in the ring fights against 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)

How did the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Chris Algieri fight go?

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Even though the champion’s last three fights have gone the distance, he has an incredible knockout ratio of 78%. The best of the lot has to be his vicious knockout of former world champion Chris Algieri. The two fought in 2016 before Spence Jr. was a champion and ‘The Truth’ showed his class with a fantastic fifth-round knockout.

 Spence Jr. took a measured approach to the fight in the first round. However, he found success in the latter parts of the round, and it set the tone for the bout.

He then stepped on the gas from the second round and hurt Algieri with his trademark body shots to headshots combinations.

‘The Truth’ then showed his power in the fourth round when a similar combination sent Algieri crashing to the canvas. The same continued in the fifth as Spence Jr. landed a hard left hand and dropped him. Although Algieri got back up, Spence Jr. closed the show ten seconds later as he knocked him out with the same shot.

What does this mean for Manny Pacquiao?

The win over Algieri was only one of 21 knockout victories for Spence Jr. Therefore, the American champion has serious power. However, his next opponent, Manny Pacquiao, is not famous for his power but his speed and movement.

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The Algieri fight will be more significant for the Spence Jr. vs. Pacquiao bout since Algieri faced Pacquiao in 2014. And although ‘Pac Man’ knocked him down six times, he never knocked him out.

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)

Therefore, come August 21, Spence Jr. will go into the bout knowing he has the power advantage over Manny Pacquiao. He undoubtedly can knock out the Filipino. However, he will have to be smart to use his power against the experienced Pacquiao.

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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