Unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion of the world Errol Spence Jr (27-0, 21 KOs) is not only confident of getting a win over Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) in August, but is also sure that the veteran Filipino boxer will quit the sport after the loss.
A record eight division boxing world champion, Manny Pacquiao will be making a sensational return to the sport after a hiatus of more than two years, as he takes on Errol Spence Jr on 21st August at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The WBA’s ‘Champion in Recess’ is still going strong despite being 42 years of age and is still considered to be one of the best pound for pound boxers on the planet, and is even hailed by his former adversary Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Even though ‘PacMan’ himself negated from commenting anything regarding his retirement plans back in May, Spence feels after the fight, the veteran will take the decision to hang his gloves up for good.
“I think he’ll definitely retire after this fight,” Spence said in an interview with Showtime, and regarding a possible knockout of the Filipino, the 31-year-old said, “I don’t know, we’ll see. You’ll have to tune in and order.”
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Spence wants to fight Terence Crawford after Pacquiao faceoff, wants to move up to 154
On top of visioning a win over Pacquiao on 21st August, ‘The Truth’ is also looking forward to his next fight and wants a square off against WBO Welterweight titleholder Terence “Bud” Crawford and after the Crawford fight, aims to move up to the light middleweight division.
“I definitely want that fight [against Crawford], and we’ve just got to make it happen,” Spence acknowledged, “it’s for his guys and my guys to talk to each other and see if it can happen. If it can’t happen, I’ve got to move up.”
An IBF welterweight champion since May 2017, Spence Jr clinched his green and gold belt against Shawn Porter on 28th September 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “The Truth” was last seen in action against Danny García on 5th December last year at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where he defended his WBC and IBF titles.