Manny Pacquiao taking on the best vs, Errol Spence
LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao’s face was inflamed and puffy. He was 36 years of ages the night that he was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in 2015, and he was going to require surgical treatment on his ideal shoulder. The loss to Mayweather left him 3-3 in his last 6 battles.
There was speculation amongst boxing specialists that his time had actually come, that there was absolutely nothing left for him to do in boxing.
Pacquiao, naturally, didn’t retire. After that night in which he made a nine-figure payday, he had the surgical treatment to fix a torn right rotator cuff. And after that he went on to beat Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman.
That’s an excellent profession for the huge bulk of fighters. For Pacquiao, it was the stretch run of an impressive profession that in some way handles to keep improving.
On Friday, in what might well be the most astonishing minute of his legendary profession, news broke that the 42-year-old Pacquiao will challenge Errol Spence on Aug. 21 in a welterweight title marriage bout in Las Vegas.
It was a bombshell that originated from no place and yet was so on point for Pacquiao.
Who anticipated him, after all, to challenge Thurman in 2019? Or Bradley in the battle after he lost to Mayweather? This is a person who grows on competitors, whose sole objective has long been to make his fellow Filipinos pleased with him.
They’re so pleased with him that their assistance is typically method over the top. And yet, there have actually been couple of like him in boxing history. There have actually been lots of famous fighters who battled previous 40 due to the fact that they were destitute, in alarming requirement of a payday and with no method to offer themselves.
That’s not Pacquiao. He’s abundant and lives a magnificent life in the Philippines, in a stylish estate and uses the finest clothing. He doesn’t require boxing; boxing requires him.
It’s typically problem that breaks late on a Friday afternoon. However the news that Pacquiao would take this battle versus the unbeaten Spence, more than 12 years his junior, sent out boxing Twitter into a craze.
Some rightly worried for Pacquiao’s safety. If this were the 31-year-old Pacquiao against the 31-year-old Spence, there would be no problem or reason for concern.
But Pacquiao is taking on an awesome force, a big man in his prime who is mowing down even the best of fighters.
There’s more than age to think about in this battle. Spence turned pro after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He weighed 149 pounds. Pacquiao has never weighed more than 147 ever and was that high only once.
Pacquiao, remember, weighed 106 pounds when he made his pro debut, though he filled his pockets with rocks when he stepped onto the scale in order to sidestep a ban on fighters competing who weighed less than 100 pounds.
He won his first world title on Dec. 4, 1998, when he knocked out Chatchai Sasakul in the eighth round of a bout in Thailand for the WBC flyweight championship. Seventeen days before, on Nov. 17, 1998, Devin Haney was born in San Francisco.
Today, Haney is a highly regarded world champion who will defend his WBC lightweight belt next week versus Jorge Linares in Las Vegas. Three months later, it will be Pacquiao walking to the ring as a world champion to fight yet another unbeaten opponent.
Think about this: Haney has held a belt for two years. Pacquiao has been a world champion throughout Haney’s entire life.
Since he became a world champion, he’s faced eight boxers with perfect records, going 5-3 with two knockouts versus opponents who were 215-0 at the time he fought them. On top of that, he fought three others who were unbeaten but had at least one draw. He was 2-0-1 with two KOs against those three men, who had a 71-0-4 mark.
So just since becoming a world champion, he’s fought 11 bouts against 10 men who had no losses (he fought unbeaten Tim Bradley twice). They had a combined mark of 286-0-4 at the time Pacquiao faced them.
Pacquiao’s also willing to take on anyone, anywhere, at any time, even at 42 when he’s clearly not the same physical specimen he once was. When Sean Gibbons, the president of Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, mentioned Spence as a potential opponent, Pacquiao immediately agreed.
“There wasn’t one second of hesitation,” Gibbons said. “The guy’s utterly fearless.”
He’s a throwback to a different era. The legendary Sugar Ray Robinson, the greatest boxer who ever lived, once fought Jake LaMotta, a future Hall of Famer, twice in the same month with a bout in the middle.
That’s the kind of fighter Pacquiao has been. Seven of his former opponents — Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera and Miguel Cotto — are already in the Hall of Fame. Several others, including Spence, have at least an average chance of making it.
Spence will undoubtedly be a huge favorite when battle night comes. Questioning Manny Pacquiao, however, often comes at a cost.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.