Manny Pacquiao Explains Why Errol Spence Jr. Is Not the Biggest Challenge of His Career

Published 07/12/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
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)


The 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao will step up for a career-defining matchup against Errol Spence Jr. on August 21. The fight will see three welterweight belts on the line. However, the Filipino legend doesn’t see it as the ‘biggest’ test of his professional run. Although he has praised Spence Jr’s achievements, Pacquiao claimed that it is common for him to face A-listed boxers.

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Ahead of the fight, both men connected with each other for the first time via an official press conference on FOX. There, ‘Pac-Man’ discussed how he has competed against elite pugilists throughout his journey. Hence, Errol Spence Jr. (WBC and IBF champion) is just the latest addition to that list.

Manny Pacquiao said, “One of the biggest challenges in my career. I cannot say the biggest challenge because I have been fighting best fighter in the world like Keith Thurman, De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, a lot of those fighters. So, one of the best I can rate this [Errol Spence Jr] opponent.”

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Competing in 71 fights, Pacquiao has appeared across multiple decades and has faced boxers from different eras. Considering this, facing an undefeated champion is not very unfamiliar for the Filipino Senator. Pacquiao took out another unbeaten champion Keith Thurman in his last pro fight in 2019.

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Hence, we can expect him to perform an encore next month. However, Errol Spence Jr, the undefeated 147 lbs champion, may appear way more treacherous than all of Manny Pacquiao’s past opponents. Considering the same, boxing fans are in for a stellar clash.

Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr. – The clash of giants

Two of the finest active boxers, ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘The Truth’ can engage in an intriguing collision. As both men are hard hitters and technically sound, it can either end in a flash or see the final bell. Hence, they might have a tough time against each other. No matter what, the fight doesn’t appear to be one where anyone will predict one-sided dominance.

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However, Spence Jr’s youth and physical advantage can play a pivotal role. Furthermore, as the 31-year-old had a sensational win over Danny Garcia in 2020, his recent activeness can work well for him against the 42-year-old. So, despite Pacquiao’s claims that ‘The Truth’ is not the biggest challenge of his career, the numbers certainly say that it has the potential to be.

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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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