VIDEO: Oscar De La Hoya Shows Why Manny Pacquiao Is a Dangerous Opponent for Errol Spence Jr.

Published 06/20/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES – MARCH 04: Manny Pacquiao takes part in a training session on March 4, 2014 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will fight for WBO welterweight championship rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)


Oscar De La Hoya has backed Manny Pacquiao to have legitimate chances against Errol Spence Jr. on August 21, in their welterweight title showdown. The 42-year-old, Pacquiao, might be the underdog for many. However, De La Hoya has revealed the features that can see ‘Pac-Man’ overpower ‘The Truth’.

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That said, the ‘Golden Boy’ didn’t write off Errol Spence Jr. from the mix. Oscar De La Hoya said, “I think Spence, as great as he is. I think he has to be careful with Manny has that you know (mentioning movement). When he [Manny Pacquiao] goes like this, you know he is gonna throw. I don’t know why anybody hasn’t cut on to that.”

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“You know he goes like this and then he throws, but he has got those fat calves. So the legs are ‘Oh Man’. So he’s gotta be careful with that, but I love Spence. You know, he just gotta be careful. And you know, I think it’s gonna be a great fight.”

Meanwhile, Pacquiao would have to put aside a long spell of inactivity which began after his last win against Keith Thurman in 2019. The Filipino legend became the first and only man to beat Thurman in a professional fight. Besides, it was Pacquiao’s second fight of the year. The first one came against Adrien Broner.

Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr- The Clash of Titans

‘Pac-Man’s’ age might reflect a few disadvantages for him against the 31-year-old Errol Spence Jr. However, with age comes experience, and Pacquiao, who has boxed across four decades, has it in abundance. As ‘Pac-Man’ is the only boxer to have won world titles in eight weight classes, fans would always look up to his chances in any fight.

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But Spence Jr. has been undefeated in his 27-fight-old career. He is currently one of the pound-for-pound best and has all the tools to beat an aged Manny Pacquiao. That said, both men will have their chances in the fight, which intensifies the scenario even more. The 12-rounds headliner will happen in Las Vegas and an official venue is yet to be disclosed.

Who do you see winning ultimately?

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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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