Manny Pacquiao: Errol Spence Jr. Is Too Slow
Manny Pacquiao thinks that Errol Spence Jr. lacks the speed of his previous opponent, Keith Thurman.
Pacquiao is a living legend in the sport of boxing. In his last outing, he captured the WBA (Super) Welterweight Title by defeating Thurman via split decision. The bout took place in July 2019. Pacquiao is aiming for a showdown with MMA superstar Conor McGregor.
Spence is the undefeated WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion. He has expressed interest in sharing the ring with Pacquiao. While Spence isn’t in Pacquiao’s immediate plans, “PacMan” told Business Mirror that he finds Spence’s speed to be lacking.
“He [Spence] is too slow. Spence is slower than Thurman but it’s going to be a good fight.”
MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons also weighed in on a potential clash between Pacquiao and Spence.
“I think Spence lost a step from the accident. It’s a difficult fight but I think, yes [Pacquiao beating Spence].”
Spence last competed on December 5, 2020. He successfully defended his gold against Danny Garcia, winning via unanimous decision. This was Spence’s first bout since his 2019 Ferrari crash. While many would argue Spence never lost a step, clearly Pacquiao and his team disagree.
When asked if he wants to do battle with the likes of Spence and undefeated WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford, Pacquiao doubled down on his efforts to fight McGregor as well as aid those impacted by COVID-19 in his country.
“They’re my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA [mixed martial artist]. I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino Covid-19 victims.”
McGregor is 0-1 as a pro boxer. While he is a former UFC champion in two weight classes with a pro MMA record of 22-4, the experience gap when it comes to boxing is clear.