September 17, 2021

Pacquiao: If Spence Wants a Toe-To-Toe Fight, It Will Be To My Advantage

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Eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is a few weeks away from his high-stakes battle with WBC and IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

The fight will headline a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event on Saturday, August 21 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, 42-years-old, is coming back from a two-year layoff – with his last bout taking place in July of 2019, when he picked up a twelve round split decision win over unbeaten Keith Thurman to capture the WBA’s welterweight belt.

Like he did in his last fight, Pacquiao is promising to turn back the clock on the younger Spence.

The unified champion is bigger, highly skilled and regarded as one of the best boxers in the world.

Because of those factors, the oddsmakers have listed Pacquiao as the underdog, which adds further motivation to his deep desire to prove he’s still a top level fighter.

“I’m expecting a good fight. Spence is an aggressive fighter and I know that we can create a lot of action in the ring for all of the fans watching. I have lots of advantages in this fight. My speed and power, along with my strategy and experience, are all advantages for me. It’s been two years since I’ve been in the ring and it was good for me to have that rest. It helped my body and my mind a lot. This time around, I’m as excited as ever and feeling like I’m young again,” Pacquiao said.

“I could have fought several easy opponents. I picked the best opponent because I want to add more to my legacy and accomplishments. I have to prove that I’m not done yet.  We have a strategy that we know how to use against a southpaw. He wants to fight toe-to-toe and that’s going to be to my advantage. We’re prepared for anything. If he wants to use his reach advantage instead, we are ready.”