Keith Thurman Warns Manny Pacquiao About Errol Spence Jr.- ‘He is Only Going to Get Sharper From Here’

Published 01/16/2021, 3:12 AM EST
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)


Former world champion Keith Thurman believes Manny Pacquiao shouldn’t belittle Errol Spence Jr. if they ever decide to collide inside the ring.

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Pacquiao, 42, hasn’t fought anyone since his victory over Keith Thurman in 2019 that saw him defend the WBA Welterweight title.

Meanwhile, Errol Spence Jr. has returned from a long layoff, following his horrific car accident to defend the WBC and IBF Welterweight straps against Danny Garcia on December 5th. So, the current welterweight champions can lock horns to unify the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles.

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Thurman, who has shared the ring with Pacquiao, also has several common opponents with Spence Jr. and he opened up about a possible matchup. While in conversation with Fight Hub Tv, ‘One Time’ pictured the clash.

“I learned a lot about Pac being in there, you know, man. You know, I think Spence didn’t have his best performance after the lay-off. I know what it’s like to not have your best performance after a lay-off,” said Thurman.

However, he didn’t demotivate ‘The Truth’ and revealed why Manny Pacquiao shouldn’t underestimate an undefeated champion like Errol Spence Jr.

‘One Time’ continued, “But as long as he is staying busy, he is only going to get sharper from here. As long as he stays focussed he can only get sharper. You know it’s okay to not have your best day in the ring.

“That’s okay. It’s okay but if Pacquaio thinks that the Spence he is gonna fight, you know he might be a little misleading with that. So, it is what it is man.”

What’s next for Manny Pacquiao?

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The Filipino senator is on the brink of retirement, ready to fold on his Hall-of-Fame worthy boxing career for good. However, he is still active and desires to challenge himself, even at this stage.

While Errol Spence Jr. is a viable adversary in his crosshairs, ‘Pac-Man’ also wants to fight UFC star Conor McGregor in a crossover boxing fight.

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)

But Pacquiao has the WBA world title to defend, and if he doesn’t, he will have to vacate the championship spot. So we can also expect a boxing title defense by the veteran. Do you think Pacquiao should fight more or retire at this stage?

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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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