“He Wants to Be Perfect”- Trainer Reveals Errol Spence Jr’s “Key Element” Ahead of Facing Manny Pacquiao

Published 08/03/2021, 11:53 PM EDT
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)


Even at 42, Manny Pacquiao will be a serious threat to the WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr’s unbeaten run as a pro boxer. Following back-to-back wins over Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner in 2019, Pacquiao seems ready for a career-defining run at very the dusk of his legendary pro-ride. That said, he has some legitimate chances of winning the fight.

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However, Spence Jr’s team believes that the 31-year-old will be the 8 man to beat the great Manny Pacquiao. Trainer Derrick James shed light on why Errol Spence Jr. stands out amongst everyone.

In a chat with PBC, he said, “He doesn’t have any limit on what he will do to get better. I think that’s the key element. He pushes himself to be great”

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“That’s why I like him as an individual, not only as a fighter because. He not only do hard work but he wants to be perfect. Pushes himself to be great.”

27-0 as a pro, ‘The Truth’ has 21 KOs under his belt. He is regarded as one of the best welterweights of the era. Besides, he will relish some serious physical advantages which can help him breakthrough ‘Pac-Man’. As Pacquiao hasn’t faced a legitimate southpaw in years, Errol Spence Jr. can offer him a tough challenge.

Meanwhile, the long-lay off from Pacquiao’s side can also be a matter of concern for him. Despite that, he will have his 71-fight experience to fall back on and he will have the fans in his corner. But will it be enough to overcome ‘The Truth’?

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Before Covid-19 wreaked havoc over the world, a potential fight between ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘The Truth’ was already brewing. In 2019, Pacquiao took out Adrien Broner in a clinical fashion to alarm the welterweight division. Meanwhile, Errol Spence Jr., who scored a sensational win over Mikey Garcia two months later, desired to face Pacquiao.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

However, Manny Pacquiao returned in July to take out an undefeated Keith Thurman for the WBA 147 lbs title. In response, Spence Jr. vanquished Shawn Porter two months later. Later that year, ‘The Truth’ suffered a life-threatening car accident and spent a year on the sidelines, before returning with a bang in December 2020.

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Now, it’s finally time for two gladiators- Pacquiao and Spence Jr. to lock horns and possibly unleash one of the biggest fights of all time.

Who do you see winning? Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr.?

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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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