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Pacquiao Confident of Victory, Feels Spence is Slower Than Thurman

WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao feels confident that he can unseat WBC, IBF champion Errol Spence in a high stakes unification clash.

Pacquiao has been away from the ring since July of 2019, when he captured the WBA title with a twelve round split decision win over unbeaten Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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The coronavirus pandemic has prevented the 42-year-old Pacquiao from returning to the ring in 2020.

He aims to fight again in 2021 - against Spence or potentially UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Spence retained his titles last month, when he returned to the ring with a dominant twelve round decision over Danny Garcia in Texas.

After studying his recent performance, Pacquiao believes Thurman is a quicker fighter.

“He [Spence] is too slow,” Pacquiao told Josef Ramos of BusinessMirror when discussing Spence's comeback win over Garcia.

“Spence is slower than Thurman but it’s going to be a good fight."

Sean Gibbons, President of MP Promotions, is not convinced Spence is the same fighter after suffering injuries in a bad car accident in 2019.

“I think Spence lost a step from the accident,” said Gibbons. “It’s a difficult fight but I think, yes [Pacquiao will beat Spence].”

McGregor has been calling for a fight with Pacquiao - and the two athletes are now represented by the same management company.

While Spence would be a high profile option, the eight division world champion appears to be more interested in a clash with McGregor.

“[Spence and McGregor are] my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA [mixed martial artist],” said Pacquiao. “I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino COVID-19 victims.”

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Comment by revelated on 01-19-2021

[QUOTE=Bluebird;21017570]Then Norwood wasn’t his toughest opponent because he didn’t punish him, him and Pac punished each other until one of them win, most of the time it was Pac due to the knock down[/QUOTE] Norwood was toughest BECAUSE Dinamita had…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 01-19-2021

[QUOTE=revelated;21014558]If Manny accepts a Spence fight, it automatically makes more sense. Crawford "can't sell out a family dinner", meanwhile if Spence puts it on Manny and forces him into retirement, it will force Crawford to finally accept B-Side pay, or…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 01-19-2021

[QUOTE=Roadblock;21014573]Manny holds a title and calls them out and they supposed to say oh Manny is too old he can lock up a title and fight cans, what kind of logic is this,,,,, Manny needs to retire because his BS…

Comment by Bluebird on 01-14-2021

[QUOTE=Oregonian;21017807]————— Marquez is a great fighter. One of my favorites for sure. Have you ever seen him getting beat up by an opponent in a way that made him look below average? No fighter has ever done to Marquez. Not…

Comment by Oregonian on 01-14-2021

[QUOTE=Bluebird;21016569]That’s exactly why I said Pac was Marquez’s toughest opponent, you said it yourself, every time they fight, it was always an all out war. I did not say lucky punch, I said perfectly timed punch. Nobody argues about Mayweather…

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