“You Know It’s Different”- Tyron Woodley Doubts Manny Pacquiao Against Errol Spence Jr.

Published 06/30/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS – MARCH 19: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is shown with a cut above his right eye inflicted by Erik Morales of Mexico during the World Super Featherweight Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel on March 19, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Erik Morales of Mexico won 15-13 over Pacquiao by unanimous decision. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)


At the dusk of his career, Manny Pacquiao is taking a risky fight against the undefeated world champion Errol Spence Jr, who is also 11-years younger than ‘Pac-Man’. Although Pacquiao has all the experience and legacy on his side, Spence Jr’s recent run cites him to have the advantage. That said, Tyron Woodley appears to be a fan of Manny Pacquiao. However, he has doubted the Filipino’s chances on August 21.

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Woodley, who will appear a week after Pac-Man vs Spence Jr. to face Jake Paul in a SHOWTIME PPV, commented on the welterweight title fight during a chat with FightHype.com.

Tyron Woodley said, “I like that fight. I mean it’s tough to really give like your honest thoughts on it. Because it’s not a fight that is happening in Pacquiao’s prime. So, you know it’s different.”

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“He [Pacquiao] has not passed it [his prime]. But we can’t act like the moments that we remember him from in the past… Those are his greatest moments. So, I think it’s a good fight. I am excited to watch it.”

Following a hiatus of over two years, Manny Pacquiao’s return will grab a lot of eyeballs. However, a loss against Spence Jr. on the PBC PPV can doom him to several criticisms. That said, Pacquiao needs nothing to prove to the fans. He has achieved it all as a professional boxer and can rightly hang up his gloves. Despite that, he is hungry for more and will look to vanquish ‘The Truth’.

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Can Manny Pacquiao beat Errol Spence Jr?

Despite the age, Pacquiao’s footwork, pace, and power can be terrific to handle for his opponents. In the past, Keith Thurman has acknowledged Manny Pacquiao’s power. Furthermore, the legendary boxer has competed against the absolute top-tier fighters in his career. Considering that, Spence Jr’s status isn’t new to him. Although ‘The Truth’ can bring several surprises in the ring, ‘Pac-Man’ might be ready with his response.

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On bagging a win, Pacquiao would silence a lot of critics, especially his ex-rival Floyd Mayweather. A few days back Mayweather claimed that Pacquiao still needs to fight for money. However, Pacquiao responded that he loved the sport.

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A win over Spence Jr. will cement that claim. Hence, there’s a lot on the line for the Filipino Senator. Who do you see winning? Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao?

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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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