Spence: I'll Give Pacquiao That Retirement Check That He Needs!

By Keith Idec

ARLINGTON, Texas – If July is the only month that works for Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr. is more than willing to accommodate him.

Pacquiao’s senate schedule in the Philippines only affords him small windows within which he can fight. He attended Spence’s 12-round domination of Mikey Garcia on Saturday night for the express purpose of setting up his next fight.

Whether Spence (25-0, 21 KOs), the IBF 147-pound champion, or Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), the WBA “super” world welterweight champ, eventually is secured as Pacquiao’s opponent remains to be seen.

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Unlike most welterweights, the 40-year-old Pacquiao at least appears willing to take on the figurative and literal huge challenge Spence presents.

“Yes. Why not?,” Pacquiao said during the FOX Sports Pay-Per-View broadcast Saturday night. “We’ll give the fans a good fight. I’m so happy to be here in Dallas, and I hope I will be back here soon.”

Pacquiao is intrigued by the idea of returning to the Dallas Cowboys’ home stadium, where he out-pointed Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito in successive fights in 2010. The card headlined by Spence-Garcia drew an announced crowd of 47,525 to AT&T Stadium on Saturday night.

The 29-year-old Spence, a native of nearby DeSoto, Texas, would love to return to that venue for a showdown with Pacquiao. As was the case with Garcia, the 5-feet-10 Spence would own a four-inch height advantage over Pacquiao and would out-weigh his smaller opponent by a sizeable sum once they enter the ring.

Spence still would expect a challenging fight against Pacquiao.

“Oh, it’s definitely a competitive fight,” Spence said. “Manny Pacquiao, he’s blood and guts. So that’ll definitely be a great fight. He’s a future Hall-of-Famer, and he’s on his way out. And I’ll definitely give him that retirement check that he been needing.”

The Philippines’ Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) soundly defeated Adrien Broner in his last fight. Pacquiao buzzed Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) in the seventh and ninth rounds and won a 12-round unanimous decision January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sargo on 03-19-2019

Skip Bayless worried for Pacquiao

Comment by pasawayako on 03-18-2019

[QUOTE=SnoopySmurf;19595341]I hope the fight happens! Win or lose, Pac will fight a true WW. Not a starved middleweight masquerading as a WW like Horne. After Spence win, I'm Pac fan but there's no way he'll win though it will be…

Comment by JuniorTorres720 on 03-18-2019

Put some respek on that name, Spence. I like Spence but how can you say Garcia and camp were arrogant and then say this about Pacquiao? Come on now.

Comment by Manic Shot on 03-18-2019

[QUOTE=blazingeo;19595394]Spence KO's Pac.[/QUOTE] (Error) Spence KO's Pac.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 03-18-2019

Spence is a disgrace. Beating down a lightweight then calling out a dude in his 40's. What no Crawford, no Thurman, hell no Porter?! Spence is has all the tools but doesn't want to risk that 0 it would seem.

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