Why Did Errol Spence Jr. Pull Out of the Manny Pacquiao Fight? – All You Need to Know About His Eye Injury

Published 08/12/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Erroll Spence Jr. in the ring fights against Shawn Porter in their IBF & WBC World Welterweight Championship fight at Staples Center on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Spence, Jr won by decision. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


The eye injury of Errol Spence Jr. came in as a mammoth shock for fans and fighters around the globe as the WBC and IBF welterweight champ was all charged up to return against Manny Pacquiao on August 21. However, his vicious injury forced him to withdraw from this grand contest, which would have gone down in Las Vegas. Was Spence Jr. really injured to a tragic extent? Was there a need for him to pull out of this contest?

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Recently, David Abbasi, MD and a specialist in these cases took it to his YouTube channel to detail his notions about ‘The Truth’s eye injury.

He said, “The few things that we require before the fight for every fighter is a pre-fight physical lab work and an eye exam where an eye specialist will look inside of the eye, for any concerning things. And what was seemed to be found on his exam was a retinal tear, and why that’s so concerning is a retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment.”

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The doctor in the above video explained the severity of this matter. He even admitted that patients tend to go blind after they suffer a retinal detachment.

That said, if ‘The Truth’ had gone into the ‘Pacman’ fight with this injury, he may have been severely compromised and he could have risked his career. As a result, his decision to withdraw was necessary.

Errol Spence Jr. is already keen to storm back inside the ring

After his successful surgery, the welterweight king took it to his social handle to update his fans on the same. He detailed his anticipation to come back and face the winner of the Pacquiao vs Ugas fight. Errol Spence Jr wrote, “Went to three different doctors all said the same thing I’ll be back for the winner for sure.”

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For now, ‘The Truth’ will have to dedicate an extensive amount of time to his recovery. And once he’s back to his normal self, the welterweight king will have umpteen opponents in hand to make his return fruitful.

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When do you think Errol Spence Jr will return to the ring?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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