Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2) will end a two-year hiatus on August 21st when he faces WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence (27-0) in Las Vegas. The fight will headline a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX pay-per-view event.
Pacquiao last fought in July, 2019 when he upset then WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
The 42-year old Filipino senator will enter the fight a sizable underdog but Manny Pacquiao Promotions president Sean Gibbons believes that Spence will be in for a surprise when they meet in the ring.
"I believe the Senator, being an eight-time world champion, first ballot Hall of Famer, understands how to cut the distance and break guys down. I don't believe that Errol Spence has that good of a defense. I really believe from when I watched him up close and personal that he has a great jab and he has good position with his feet but he is going to come to realize that the Senator has some Superman abilities - something out of this world at 42 and a half years of age - with the speed and the power. The time off has reinvigorated him. He feels great. The Senator fears nobody. He fears no fighters. He only fears God," Gibbons told BoxingScene.com.
Pacquiao made his professional debut in 1995 and won his first world title in 1998 when he defeated Chatchai Sasakul via 8th round knockout. His longevity has proven to be remarkable being that he is still competing at an elite level 23 years later.
"Come August 21, he is going to show Errol Spence why he won eight world titles in eight different divisions. This is really historic for him because the first belt he ever won in the US was the IBF against (Lehlo) Ledwaba and the first belt he ever won was the WBC as a flyweight so he has come full circle. 26 years later here we are again. Amazing," said Gibbons.
Spence's last ring appearance took place when in December when he comfortably outpointed Danny Garcia in Arlington, Texas.
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