Erroll Spence Jr. is planning some lofty goals for himself as he embarks on piecing his career back together.
The WBC and IBF welterweight champion Spence Jr. is next scheduled to step into the ring against Danny Garcia on Dec. 5 on FOX pay per view.
After that, it’s a pick-em between a pack of future Hall of Fame fighters.
The 30-year-old Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) recently expressed that Manny Pacquiao remains top of mind as a possible next opponent should he come away victorious against Garcia. A Pacquiao fight would have to take place at 147 pounds, but it eventually might not even be worth the wait because in addition to wanting to fight the Filipino Senator, Spence Jr. wants a shot at the current pound-for-pound king in Canelo Alvarez.
"With Canelo, yeah, I'd definitely entertain that. That can happen, that's a huge fight,” Spence Jr. told The Sun. "That would be huge for the Cowboys' stadium [in Texas] when we're back to 100 percent capacity. That's another mega-fight that I could have. I could have a lot of mega-fights. It takes quite a few pounds to get down to 147. I wouldn't have any problems fighting at 160. But, at the end of the day, it's down to the guys in suits."
Spence Jr. has previously expressed that he’s not long for the welterweight division, but skipping super welterweight altogether for a shot at Alvarez at 160 is a fresh sentiment shared by the Texan.
Alvarez still holds the WBA middleweight title, but it appears he has aspirations of solidifying his status as a four-division champion by continuing his career at 168 pounds. Alvarez was supposed to fight Billy Joe Saunders in a super middleweight unification match earlier this year but the fight was scrapped due to the global pandemic. Alvarez’s last fight was at light heavyweight, a KO win against Sergey Kovalev.
The next feasible super fight for Spence Jr. could also be a matchup against WBO champion Terence Crawford to once and for all decide who is the best welterweight of the era. The long-marinating fight could perhaps be reaching its expiration date if it's not staged by the end of 2021.
Spence Jr. last fought in September 2019 in a spirited split decision win over Shawn Porter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Days later, he survived a serious car accident when he flipped his convertible Ferrari in a single-car crash near his hometown.
Spence Jr. said he has spent the last year “getting back to the basics, getting back to what got me on top.”
"I'm just staying focused, staying hungry and staying in the gym and dedicated,” said Spence. Jr. "I went back to the drawing board and focus on the things that got me where I am now, training camp's been going great. There have been no injuries as far as a post-car accident or anything like that. With this fight [against Garcia] it's kept me focussed."
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.