VIDEO: Manny Pacquiao Undergoes Gruelling Arm Training for the Errol Spence Jr. Fight

Published 07/21/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
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)


42-year-old Manny Pacquiao is pushing himself ahead of his August 21 bout. Ending a two-year-long hiatus from action, Pacquiao, who is back to training hard at the gym, has constantly updated his fans about the gruesome activities which he is undergoing.

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From sprinting to mitt work, pad work, and intense muscle workout, ‘Pac-Man’ is setting the benchmark higher for every other athlete. Meanwhile, the Filipino veteran is also offering extra time to prepare his arm. In a recent video, Pacquiao was spotted in pain while his teammates were busily hitting his body and arm.

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The sole motive of the exercise was to strengthen Pacquiao’s muscles, apparently, a defensive move that enables a fighter to contract punches. As Errol Spence Jr. is a tricky southpaw, he will plant his shots on Manny Pacquiao.

However, the recent training might be beneficial and protect the eight-division champion. While Spence Jr will relish the sheer advantages of youth, height, reach, and activeness, Pacquiao might turn the tables and become the welterweight champion of the world once again.

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On his last appearance in 2019, ‘Pac-Man’ took out an undefeated Keith Thurman to grab the WBA welterweight title. It was a lopsided affair, as Thurman couldn’t offer anything in response to Pacquiao’s action. However, the pre-fight scenario had reflected maximum favor to ‘One Time’. Hence, we can see a similar occurrence this time and Manny Pacquiao can rightly become the first man to beat ‘The Truth’.

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

WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. will put his titles up for grabs along with the vacant Ring 147 lbs title. Moreover, he will also put his unbeaten tag at stake. Hence, this is a must-win bout for both sides. Adding to that, Pacquiao might be looking to step up for his last professional fight.

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Holding a record of 62-7-2 as a professional pugilist, Pacquaio has competed across three decades. While fans will like to see him continue, it’s prime time to hang the gloves. Although Pacquaio might have a few more bouts left in him, he may not want to suffer another loss. Considering this, the nearing fight will be equally important for him.

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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