‘That Man Can Get Through Anything’: Teofimo Lopez Showers Praise on Manny Pacquiao

Published 06/12/2021, 3:30 PM 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)


42-year-old Manny Pacquiao will end his two-year-long hiatus from action by squaring off against Errol Spence Jr. for the welterweight gold on August 21. While the octuple world champion could have rightly retired, he is hoping to don a world championship again, at this stage.

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Hence, unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez couldn’t help but pour his praises over ‘Pac-Man’. ‘Take Over’ connected with Fino boxing from his gym and shed opinion on Pacquiao vs Spence Jr. While he hailed both men for accepting the fight, Lopez appeared to back Manny Pacquiao slightly.

Teofimo Lopez said, “Anything could happen in Pacquiao you know, he has had a long period of rest too. I like both guys in that fight you know, and I think may the best man win, really. Manny has some much experience, that man can get through anything. As long as they have the right plan, whatever they do, man. They will be able to do all that.”

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Meanwhile, Pacquaio has reportedly begun his training for the fight. He has posted a few clips of his sparring from social media, sending the fans into a frenzy. Although Errol Spence Jr. would never be an easy opponent, Pacquaio can still be the first man to defeat ‘The Truth’.

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Can Manny Pacquiao beat Errol Spence Jr.?

It would be a risky fight for ‘Pac-Man’. 31-year-old Spence Jr. holds a record of 27-0, with 21 KOs under his name. Hence, ‘The Truth’ hasn’t left any losing samples for Pacquiao to utilize as a blueprint. So, the odds might not favor Manny Pacquiao to win the fight against the WBC/IBF 147 lbs titlist Errol Spence Jr.

However, the Filipino legend has fought and overpowered some of the best boxers of all time. He has the speed, footwork, power, three main tools that can be a trouble to Spence Jr. Furthermore, Manny Pacquiao also has impeccable fighting experience. He has competed across four different decades and arguably has the best fighting IQ from this generation.

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That said, Pacquiao vs Spence Jr. would be a fan-favorite fight. While most boxers chose to avoid the best competitions, that would be the case for ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘The Truth’. The upcoming scrap will be a career-defining moment for both, and we can expect fireworks when they collide.

Who do you see winning? Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr.?

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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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