Manny Pacquiao’s Coach on Errol Spence Jr. Fight: ‘Pacquiao Obliterates Him’

Published 02/23/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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 a veteran of the sport and is considered amongst the finest to step inside the squared circle. He has fought several big-wigs of the sport and emerged victorious too. Even at 42-years-old, Pacquiao exhibits a skillset that can overpower young and sturdy pugilists.

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Despite being a big name in the sport and welterweight division, ‘Pacman’ hasn’t fought the unified champion Errol Spence Jr.

However, the Filippino’s strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, believes if the duo ever collides, it’ll be Pacquiao who’ll get his hand raised after a 12-round war.

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Speaking to The Sun, he said, You put Spence in there with someone like Pacquiao now, Pacquiao obliterates him, even at 42-years-old.

He’s still the No1 guy, and he has been the champion for the last 18 years, that in itself is a phenomenal f***ing feat as an athlete in the sport.”

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)

Fortune felt Spence Jr. isn’t the same fighter he was after the car crash incident in 2019. This is predominantly why he feels ‘Pacman’ will dispatch the American in every department, even after being 42.

He also asserted that ‘Pacman’ uses many angles in a fight. And Spence Jr. will have to fight at least thrice to stand out against the Filippino Senator.

Spence fought in 2020 once and defeated Danny Garcia with a unanimous decision. Ever since that win, ‘The Truth’ hasn’t really named an opponent for his comeback.

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Will we ever get to see Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr.?

Manny Pacquiao didn’t compete for the whole of 2020, and he’s charged up for his 2021 return. He is speculated to take on the internet sensation Ryan Garcia. However, no official news surrounding the same has been revealed yet.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 11: Errol Spence Jr. celebrates his victory against Chris van Heerden during their Premier Boxing Champions bout at the Ricoh Coliseum on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

On the flip side, Errol Spence Jr. was supposed to take on the biggest fight of his life in the form of Terence Crawford. But the fight isn’t staged yet, and there are no possibilities of the same getting scheduled for early 2021.

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Even though the duo has no opponents lined up for their next fights, a fight between them doesn’t seem to be on the cards. Moreover, their promotions haven’t interacted on the same.

Despite this, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out in the next few months for both of them.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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