Monday, July 19, 2021

Pacquiao vs Spence

On May 21, 2021, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao made the unexpected announcement on his social media that he would face undefeated WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on August 21 in Las Vegas on Fox pay-per-view (PPV).

This 12-round welterweight title bout will take place on Saturday, August 21 and is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The ring walks for Pacquiao v Spence are expected from 5am on Sunday morning UK time.

No TV coverage has been confirmed for the UK as of yet but the fight will be shown on FOX PPV in the USA.

Errol Spence Jr is set to defend his WBC and IBF welterweight titles against Manny Pacquiao in a big FOX pay-per-view main event on Aug. 21, and stopped by tonight’s Showtime broadcast in San Antonio to speak with Brian Custer about the fight — and about Terence Crawford.

Spence (27-0, 21 KO) chuckled a bit when he was reminded that the 42-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) said that if he can beat Errol Spence Jr next month, he should be considered the best fighter ever. And the Texan believes that on the other hand, if he beats Pacquiao, it will prove that he is truly the top welterweight today.

The two men had previously already met more than two years prior on March 16, 2019, in the ring following Spence's unanimous decision victory over Mikey Garcia in Arlington, Texas, when both Pacquiao and Spence indicated they would relish the chance to fight each other.

Errol Spence Jr. won't press for a knockout against Manny Pacquiao. All the unbeaten American champion wants now is a clear victory over the legendary Filipino icon.

Aside from the visible differences in their first face-off, bettors were also swayed to Spence's side by the fact that Pacquiao last fought in July 2019 when he bested the then-unbeaten Keith Thurman for the World Boxing Association super welterweight belt.

Despite the odds stacked against him, Pacquiao chose Spence, holder of the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation crowns, in what could be his final fight.

While this fight is certainly one that has got fans excited, there is a hint of disappointment with many wanting Spence to face WBO champion Terence Crawford in what would be a clash for the ages.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Manny Pacquiao versus Ryan Garcia

All of us have heard the parade of possibilities for “next” for Manny Pacquiao, from Errol Spence to Terence Crawford, to UFCer Conor McGregor. When word started going round that “King” Ryan Garcia, the 22 year old hitter, was in the mix to meet the 42 year old living legend, eyebrows raised.

Garcia is a major rising star, while Pacquiao is still one of the biggest names in global boxing, and this fight would be a huge get for DAZN, whose global presence is in its infancy. Garcia is becoming a key star for their boxing brand, while Pacquiao has never fought on the streaming service, but is a promotional and broadcast free agent who can go where the best offer is, and DAZN would definitely have to pony up big bucks to get Pacquiao on board.

The 22-year-old Garcia recently expressed his desire to face Pacquiao shortly after his seventh-round technical knockout of Luke Campbell earlier this year.

The defeated McGregor was the most talked-about possible opponent for for Pacquiao, who has not been in the ring since his win over Keith Thurman in July 2019.

Well, this one is a game changer, this fight puts Garcia, coming off a win over Luke Campbell on Jan 2., in a position to become a legit lead dog who’d get to within sniffing distance of industry pack leader Alvarez.

Pacman, who turns 43 in December, will be seen as the favorite by plenty of pundits and fans who believe he has enough left at this advance age, and with a full load as a Senator in the Philippines, to show the pup he’s still of a certain grade.

Pacquiao had recently seemed focused on a possible mega-fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, but with McGregor being knocked out by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, Garcia may be the most intriguing option for him. Manny probably would be the favorite here, while a fight with Errol Spence Jr or Terence Crawford would see the aged legend as the underdog.

Hours after Conor McGregor's loss to Dustin Poirier in UFC 257, a new potential opponent for Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has emerged.

This after a report by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic that there are already talks between Pacquiao's camp and that of WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia.

Per Coppinger, "preliminary discussions" are going on between the two camps.

If this happens, how interested are you? What kind of fight would you expect?