Manny Pacquiao names two-man shortlist for potential career-ending fight

Pacquiao takes on Ugas this weekend in his ring return, but would ‘like to fight’ Terence Crawford or Errol Spence after the American welterweight was forced to withdraw from their scheduled bout this weekend

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Manny Pacquiao has revealed he would like to fight Terence Crawford or previously scheduled opponent Errol Spence in a pre-retirement fight.

The Filipino legend now faces another tough test in his career as he faces late-replacement Yordenis Ugas who currently holds the WBA ‘super’ welterweight world title who was set to feature on the co-main event.

Pacquiao was set to face unified welterweight champion Spence this weekend, but the American was forced to withdraw from the contest as a result of an eye injury suffered in the build-up.

And the 42-year-old has revealed that Crawford and Spence are two fighters he would ‘like to face’ despite admitting it could be ‘his last time’ in the boxing ring.

“I don’t know if this is going to be my last [time in the ring], we are going to see fight by fight,” Pacquiao said during an interview with ESPN KnockOut.

Pacquiao spoke at a press conference ahead of his ring return


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“But if I have the possibility of making one more fight, then I would like to face the best — either Terence Crawford or Errol Spence.”

Pacquiao has a star-studded resume in a career that has made him a real contender to be inducted into the boxing hall-of-fame duelling with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton.

And the 42-year-old has revealed that although the fight could be his last, he has prepared himself in superb condition and is ready to ‘display’ it all on fight night this weekend.

“I feel young right now. I’m just happy with what I’m doing, because boxing is my passion. I enjoy training camp and I’m excited to sacrifice and be disciplined every day to prepare for a fight like this,” Pacquiao revealed at the press conference ahead of the fight.

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“If there’s a chance for a knockout, then I’ll go for it because that’s what I want to give to the fans. I’m not underestimating Ugas though. He has a lot of experience in boxing and fought in the Olympics. I know I have to be very good to win this fight.

“I never imagined what I would have accomplished in boxing from the beginning of my career leading up to now. I went from nothing to something in order to be an inspiration for people both inside and outside of the ring.

“This is going to be a good action fight and I’m going to do my best Saturday night because I love to make the fans happy.”

After the six-weight world champion admitted he could retire in the aftermath of the fight, Ugas has vowed to execute his job to defend his belt and put the Filipino fighter into retirement.

However Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has backed his fighter to win with a rare knockout at the weekend, as he looks to capitalise on his improvements to power that he has displayed by dropping a sparring partner in training camp.

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