Besides UFC star McGregor, Pacquiao wants Spence, too

Pacquiao and Spence

SEN. Manny Pacquiao believes unified International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. pales in comparison with Keith Thurman when it comes to speed.

“He [Spence] is too slow,” Pacquiao (62-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 knockouts) told BusinessMirror over the weekend in reaction to Spence’s unanimous decision victory over fellow American Danny Garcia last month in Arlington.

“Spence is slower than Thurman but it’s going to be a good fight,” said Pacquiao, who nailed a split decision victory over Thurman last July 20, 2019, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas highlighted by a powerful knockdown in the first round.

Although he already announced his intention to fight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) super star Conor McGregor in Dubai this year, Pacquiao, 42, also expressed his desire to fight the likes of Spence or Terence Crawford.

“They’re my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA [mixed martial artist],” said Pacquiao, referring to McGregor. “I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino Covid-19 victims.”

Spence—undefeated in 27 fights with 21 knockouts—became a different fighter after a horrific car crash that almost took his life last October in Dallas, Texas.

“I think Spence lost a step from the accident,” said MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons, noting the reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion Pacquiao would give him a good run if they fight. “It’s a difficult fight but I think, yes [Pacquiao beating Spence].”

Pacquiao said he could land more solid punches on Spence if he would fight that way.

The eight-weight division world champion added he won’t be retiring yet from professional boxing, saying he would be fighting at the most twice this year.



  1. Manny would never retire until he get hold the highest office of the land..he knows it takes a lot of dough to get there in the top…

  2. i hope sen. manny wont get any serious brain injury in fighting these champions prior to his running as “president” or else it will all went ppffft

  3. Manny became greedy for money. During the campaign for senators, he said he will retire from boxing if he wins the election. Did he fulfill his promise? He glorifies himself and proclaim to be a Christian and a pastor but does he honour his words? He’s a FAKE Christian as well as pastor.

  4. Those who say Senator Manny become greedy do not know him and what he is doing with his money. But God knows…

  5. Only respect to the one of the greatest boxers of all time who gives too much joy, entertainment, help, pride, honor, peace and unity to his country. If you have not done this, stop the hate to this humble creature.

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