BREAKING: Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao Returns to Take on Errol Spence Jr on August 21

Published 05/21/2021, 11:00 PM EDT


A shock wave has eclipsed the boxing world with the announcement of a meteoric clash between Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. The two credentialed champions will take the center of the ring on August 21 in a highly consequential match. The news came out of the left field and shocked the boxing world.

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Though the bout has no official venue, ESPN confirmed that it has been in the works. The scrap will go a long way in bolstering the profile of the winner especially given the division’s history. What caught fans off guard was the fact that Spence was to face Yordenis Ugas sometime in the summer.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr: For all the marbles

Pacquiao hasn’t fought since July 2019 when he defeated Keith Thurman. Although he’s pushed past 40, Manny Pacquiao showed plenty of promising shades in his fight against Thurman. He’s considered a lock for a spot in the ‘Hall of Fame’ and his 8 world championships speak for themselves.

LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 14: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Errol Spence Jr. is fresh off a win over Danny Garcia from back in December where he retained his WBC and IBF belts. While fans have had their eyes on a bout between Spence and Terence Crawford, putting the fight together has been challenging.

The legacy fight to make

Sean Gibbons, the President of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, revealed that fighting Errol Spence Jr was the only move on Pacquiao’s radar. Additionally, he dismissed any possibility that Manny Pacquiao could follow in Floyd Mayweather’s footsteps, thereby taking on YouTubers turned boxers.

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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)

In a chat with ESPN, he said“Many people believe Spence is the best welterweight in the world and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and Pacquiao has never shied away from fighting real fights.”

“He’s not going to make a fool of himself fighting YouTubers or social media guys like Floyd Mayweather is, and he wants to continue his legacy. He’s always fought the best, and he doesn’t want to change now.”

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Errol Spence Jr. sits at number 4 on ESPN’s pound-for-pound list. However, Manny Pacquiao appears motivated to return from the longest lay-off of his long career and swipe Spence’s P4P spot.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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