Many couldn’t believe it when information about the boxing match that Manny Pacquiao and Erroll Spence Jr. were supposed to do first appeared a couple of months ago. That is, it sounded incredible to them that Pacquiao, despite the size of his name and career, accepted a match against a boxer in full force, probably one of the few currently best in professional boxing in general.
It has now become official that the match will take place on August 21, and will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where this clash for the IBF and WBC welterweight title will be watched by 20,000 people. Both titles are currently owned by Spence, while Pacquiao is the WBA champion in absentia and thus does not actually have a belt to bring into this match.
For the 42-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) this will be his first appearance since July 2019 and an impressive win over Keith Thurman. Although he reminded us of his best days in that match, many are wondering if PacMan, after a two-year break in his veteran years, can once again do the match at a high level.
Anyway, this could be his last match in his career, and by all accounts, he wants to go in great style.
Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) returned in December last year, for the first time after a serious car accident he miraculously survived without serious injuries.
The 31-year-old undefeated champion defeated Danny Garcia, after which negotiations began over a match against Terence Crawford, the holder of the WBO championship belt. Still, no deal was reached with Bob Arum’s client, and in the end, Spence stated that he considers the match against Pacquiao bigger than it would be against Crawford.
Can Pacquiao in his veteran years do another magnificent match and thus further embellish one of the greatest careers ever? We'll find out in two months. It will certainly not be at all easy to return to the ring after a long pause, and the seriousness of the opponent who will surely be motivated and ready like never before should be taken into account even more.
Pacquiao looks ready and doesn’t seem to have rested during the break he had. The only question is whether age is a problem for him, or he will be able to show the same strength and talent as before. It is certain that a real spectacle awaits us