‘I’m Faster and Stronger Than Him’ – Manny Pacquiao Is Not Concerned About Ring Rust Ahead of the Errol Spence Fight

Published 05/22/2021, 6:00 AM CDT
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao is one of the best boxers of the last two decades. The legendary boxer has conquered eight divisions in the sport and won 12 different world titles. And despite being 42, ‘Pac Man’ is eager to face the best in the sport and show his class.

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The Filipino revealed he would face WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. next. This will be the legendary boxer’s first fight after a two-year hiatus from the sport. However, ‘Pac Man’, who is undeterred by the time out of the sport, has explained why.

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES – MARCH 04: Manny Pacquiao takes part in a training session on March 4, 2014 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will fight for WBO welterweight championship rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

The 62-7-2 boxer spoke to Lance Pugmire from The Athletic and said, “I love to challenge the top guy.”

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Pacquiao then added, “It’s been two years since I’ve fought. I’m not worried about (ring rust) because a long layoff is good for me after being in boxing for 25 years before that. It’s good to rest. It’s given my body a chance to recover.”

Thus, this comment from the Filipino Senator showed he is happy with the break from the sport. He claimed it would help him more than affect him in the fight against Spence Jr. ‘Pac Man’ also pointed out, “I’m faster and stronger than him.”

Does Manny Pacquiao have a point?

The comments from the 42-year-old showed his confidence in beating ‘The Truth’. Moreover, he explained why he took the bout against one of the P4P best in the sport. However, is he right in not worrying about ring rust?

Pacquiao has experience on his side with 71 professional bouts to his name. Despite this, Spence Jr. will be the favorite for the fight. Unlike Pacquiao, ‘The Truth’ fought Danny Garcia at the back end of 2020 and brushed off his ring rust. However, the time off from the sport certainly affected Spence Jr. in his comeback fight.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Although Pacquiao may be right in saying he is faster and that the rest was good, the hiatus will certainly show in his performance. Despite this, he could counter his ring rust by using his vast experience in the sport. Thus, this makes for an interesting bout between the two fighters with contrasting styles.

What do you make of these comments from Manny Pacquiao? Do you think the rest will help him beat Errol Spence Jr.?

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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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