‘He Inspires Millions Around the World’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Heaps Praise on Manny Pacquiao

Published 07/31/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao returns to action after over two years out to take on Errol Spence Jr. for the WBC, IBF, and The Ring welterweight titles. The 42-year old prepares to take on arguably the biggest test of his career in recent times. 

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In a recent interview, Khabib Nurmagomedov the former lightweight champion who retired with an unblemished record of 29-0 shared his thoughts on Pacquiao and his upcoming fight against Spence Jr. 

The Eagle‘ said, “Of course I like this guy. Inspire millions of people around the world. You know like very good example for people. You know a great champion, he is a legend.”
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Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr- A preview 

Pacquiao has established himself as one of the best to ever step into a squared circle. ‘Pac Man’ is a multiple-time, multiple-weight world champion in boxing. However, despite all his achievements, the competitive fire still burns bright in Pacquiao at 42-years of age. At the age where fighters usually accept challenges against lesser-known entities, ‘Pac Man’ has thrown himself into the deep end by accepting a fight against an undefeated fighter 11 years his junior. 

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Spence Jr has been immaculate throughout his career as a professional boxer. He has a perfect record of 27-0 and is the current WBC and IBF welterweight champion. For Pacquiao, a win would not only extend his win streak to 4-0 it would also be one of his best wins to date given the circumstances. Time away from the sport, taking on an undefeated fighter 11 years his junior, among other factors. 

For Spence, a win against a legend of the sport would be another impressive name added to his list of victims. It would also further cement his place as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world at the moment. The fight is just under a month away and there is a lot on the line for both men involved. Both in terms of legacy and monetarily. 

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What do you make of Manny Pacquiao coming back after two years off and taking on Errol Spence Jr? Do you think he can get a win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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