Eight division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao might be 42-years-old, but he still feels he has what it takes to compete with young champions such as Errol Spence
Pacquiao will face Spence on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spence’s titles and the vacant ‘The Ring’ welterweight title will also be on the line.
Spence will have a five-inch reach and almost a four-inch height advantage over ‘Pacman’, something that has been a regular occurrence for the eight division champion since fighting at heavier weight classes.
But Pacquiao is confident he will have advantages of his own in the fight.
“I’m expecting a good fight. Spence is an aggressive fighter and I know that we can create a lot of action in the ring for all of the fans watching. I have lots of advantages in this fight. My speed and power, along with my strategy and experience, are all advantages for me,” Pacquiao said.
“I never imagined being at this point now, when I started my career. Especially to be here now and still fighting the best. It’s truly a gift that I’ve received.
“It’s been two years since I’ve been in the ring and it was good for me to have that rest. It helped my body and my mind a lot. This time around, I’m as excited as ever and feeling like I’m young again.”
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The rise of celebrity boxing has seen boxers such as Floyd Mayweather take exhibition fights with internet personalities. Pacquiao knows he could have gone down the same route, but he wants to prove he still has what it takes to hang with the best.
“I could have fought several easy opponents. I picked the best opponent because I want to add more to my legacy and accomplishments. I have to prove that I’m not done yet,” he said.
“We have a strategy that we know how to use against a southpaw. He wants to fight toe-to-toe and that’s going to be to my advantage. We’re prepared for anything. If he wants to use his reach advantage instead, we are ready.”
The 42-year-old pugilist and Filipino politician is unsure if his fight with Spence will be the last time he steps in the ring.
“This could be my last fight, or there could be more. Like I’ve always said, it’s one at a time. After the fight, I’ll talk about the plan and see if there’s another fight coming,” he continued.
“I know my career will not last forever, that’s why I’m starting to help the young fighters in this sport who want to follow in my footsteps. It’s very important to me at this point in my career.”