REPORTS: Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Targeted for July

Published 04/25/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


The Filipino Senator, Manny Pacquiao, finally seems ready to return to action in a welterweight title clash against Errol Spence Jr. in July. The fight is still to receive an official confirmation, but both sides have begun negotiating and we can see them collide in the States.

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‘Pac-Man’ was stripped of his WBA welterweight title after a long hiatus from the ring since 2019. So, he can regain himself as a world champion by beating ‘The Truth’ for the WBC and IBF straps. Manny Pacquiao was reportedly hunting for a title showdown on his comeback, and with Errol Spence Jr. as his opponent, the boxing world can expect a close collision.

Michael Benson took to Twitter and revealed ESPN Knockout’s confirmation regarding the official developments in Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr.

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Initially, Pacquiao was supposed to meet WBO champion, Terence Crawford. The two even touted UAE as a host to their fight. However, it faded away with time and ‘Bud’ may not box either Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr.

Although boxing fans have thoroughly demanded a 147 lbs unification battle, it may not take place anytime soon. Thus, Pacquiao vs Spence Jr. may be the most viable matchup available at the welterweight roster for the time.

Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr- A Preview

Boxing’s only octuple champion Manny Pacquiao had his last fights in 2019. He fought twice in the same year and won on both occasions against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman, exiting the year as the WBA 147 lbs champion.

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)

Meanwhile, Errol Spence Jr. also claimed two wins in 2019. He beat Mikey Garcia and Shawn Porter to become the WBC and the IBF champion. Unfortunately, he suffered a horrific car accident after that and remained inactive until successfully returning against Danny Garcia in December 2020.

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As both men seem eager to test themselves against each other, it will be an important fight for their resumes. A win against Pacquiao would enrich Spence Jr. Meanwhile, ‘Pac-Man’ can gain another world title at the dusk of his career.

If this fight becomes official, who do you think will win? Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao?

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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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