On August 21, there will be a boxing match between 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao and 11-year-old Errol Spence Jr. It’s a match that many feel the legendary Filipino didn’t need, especially after not fighting since July 2019.
He then impressed in the match against Keith Thurman, proving that he can still perform at a high level. However, the question now is whether it is possible to be the same even after a two-year break, especially in these veteran years and with over 70 matches behind him.
He will answer this when he enters the ring, and before that he can answer some other questions, including those related to motivation, desire for challenges, and, above all, about his undefeated and extremely talented opponent.
"He's a legitimate champion and he's very talented. He's taller and younger than me, but that's become commonplace these last days. Besides, he throws a lot of punches," Pacquiao told Boxing Scene, adding: "I consider him one of the best pound-for-pound fighters and of course before the match against such someone you see it as one of the biggest challenges in your career.
It's a prestigious fight and I have a lot to prove, just like him. This is one of those fights that make boxing so great. "
Many will agree that Pacquiao has nothing to lose, seeing that many consider him a veteran, but there are also a large number of those who think that accepting a match like this is actually a sale of reputation.
Manny, on the other hand, looks at one other side, the one that says how much a win over Spence could benefit him. And that in terms of the boxing history.
"A couple of years ago I would have said I was happy with my achievements and position in boxing.
Now I think differently, maybe it's a matter of experience." "I appreciate each of my fights because I know each can be the last and for several reasons. Before the pandemic closed everything I was happy with a series of victories in the welterweight category, against Lucas Matthysse, Adrian Broner and Keith Thurman."
"I have become the oldest man to hold a welterweight title. It feels like I have several boxing careers and this current one makes me think. If I can continue to win against elite fighters, maybe I can become one of the greatest boxers of all time, not just my era.
Of course, it's not up to me to decide, but I would definitely like to set up such a case before I retire, "he revealed