WATCH: Manny Pacquiao Begins Training for Errol Spence Jr.

Published 06/02/2021, 4:30 PM 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)


Manny Pacquiao has laced up his boxing gloves to prepare for a shot at the welterweight gold against Errol Spence Jr. in August. Following his back-to-back wins in 2019, ‘Pac-Man’ went silent on his career for a brief period.

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His political role and his advanced age compelled many to predict retirement for Pacquaio. However, the former champion still has the itch to fight, and has started training to take out the undefeated Errol Spence Jr. Pacquaio has posted a clip of his sparring session on social media, which has already taken the combat universe by storm.

Starting from pad work, mitt work, to displaying sheer speed, jab, and footwork, Pacquiao is back in rhythm. Although beating Spence Jr. wouldn’t be easy, the Filipino legend has all the tools to accomplish the win. He has the experience, skill, fighting IQ, and several more tools on board.

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In the caption, ‘Pac-Man’ wrote, “Back to training.”

But Pacquaio will have to rust off over a two-year-long in-activity, which might be an advantage on Spence Jr’s corner. Akin to Pacquaio, WBC/IBF 147 lbs champion Spence also had two wins in 2019. But he suffered a horrific car accident, which took him out of action for a long time.

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Nevertheless, Errol Spence Jr. successfully returned on December 12 and defended his titles against Danny Garcia. Eight months later from that win, he would meet Pacquiao in a career-defining scrap. Apart from the WBC and IBF belts, ‘Truth’ will also put an undefeated record of 27-0 at stake. Hence, it would be a worthy fight for all the traditional fans.

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The only octuple world champion in the sport, Pacquaio has fought across several decades against the best boxers. Holding 69 wins alongside 7 losses and 2 draws, Pacquaio a technical elite. He holds 39 KOs under his name and has outworked Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner in his last two appearances.

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So, he would rightly look into the eye of Errol Spence Jr. But 31-year-old welterweight champion Spence Jr. would be extremely hard to beat. 27-0 as a champion, he has 21 KOs under his name. But he would clearly fall short on experience before ‘Pac-Man’. While that wouldn’t demean his chances in the fight, it would also validate Manny Pacquiao’s ability to land an upset.

How do you see the fight going between two of the best welterweight pugilists?

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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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