June 24, 2021

Spence: I Want Pacquiao Next, But He’s Earned Right To Pick McGregor

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WBC, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence is still very much interested in a unification with WBA champion Manny Pacquiao.

Spence is currently training hard for a December 5th title defense against mandatory challenger Danny Garcia at the Alamodome in Texas.

Pacquiao has been out of the ring since winning the WBA title back in July of 2019 with a twelve round decision over Keith Thurman. 

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But Spence may never get the chance to face Pacquiao, who is potentially going to take part in a cross-sport boxing match with UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2021.

If Spence had his way, he would fight Pacquiao in the first half of the new year.

“After this fight, of course I would like to fight Manny Pacquiao. He’s on his way out so I’d love to have that fight. He’s a living legend, and I’ve never fought someone of that calibre. He’s big and not just a boxing star, he’s an icon, a mega-star. That would be different and it would send me somewhere else popularity-wise,” Spence told The Sun.

“Pacquiao has been in the sport 20-something years, he’s an icon even outside the sport. Everybody knows who Manny Pacquiao is. That would be a great fight for me.”

At 41-years-old and capturing eight divisional titles, Pacquiao is likely going to pursue the safest fight with the biggest pay check – and McGregor fits both of those requirements.

And, Spence has no issue with Pacquiao going in that direction.

“I don’t blame him, Manny Pacquiao earned that right. He’s earned his right to make his money and fight whoever he wants to fight, because he fought whoever was lined up to fight him,” Spence said.

“I’m not mad at it at all, if I was 40-something and was offered that kind of money to fight Conor McGregor, I’d take the fight too, I don’t blame him.”