Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao is only a few weeks away from his pay-per-view showdown with WBC, IBF welterweight king Errol Spence.

The contest takes place on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, 42-years-old, has been out of the ring for two years - with his last fight taking place in July 2019 when he picked up a twelve round split decision win over Keith Thurman to capture the WBA welterweight title.

Pacquiao, due to age, size and inactivity, has been tabbed as the underdog coming in. 

Among the countless big wins in his long career, Pacquiao would regard a victory over Spence as one of his biggest accomplishments.

“We recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of my US debut where I beat Lehlo Ledwaba to win his IBF junior featherweight title. That was certainly special because it was also my first fight with Freddie. The fight that had the biggest impact on my career was against Oscar De La Hoya. Everything changed for me after that one," Pacquiao told The Sun.

"I got a lot of satisfaction beating Matthysse, Broner and Thurman in a 12-month period, becoming the oldest man to win a welterweight title. Beating Errol Spence would be very special to me for all the obvious reasons and could elevate me into the discussion of being among the all-time greats in the sport. We have a lot of hard work left to do first for that to happen.”

"To be at your best takes hard work. I want to win and show everyone I can still compete at the highest level. Errol Spence is not just one of the best welterweights, he is one of the best fighters. He is young, undefeated and a world champion. He also wants to knock my head off. That is all the motivation I need.”