Will we see Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr. come to fruition? (Photo: BoxingScene.com)
Believe it not, the mouthwatering matchup starring Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence is still on the negotiating table.
The offer for Pacquiao to face Spence on 24 July in the United States remains binding, although its shelf life is fast nearing the expiration date.
Industry sources told Daily Tribune that Spence is willing to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight crowns against the Filipino eight-division champion.
But apparently, Pacquiao is also entertaining thoughts of a proposal for him to meet Mikey Garcia under Audie Attar’s Paradigm Sports.
Originally eyed to take place in the United Arab Emirates, the Pacquiao-Garcia clash is now being targeted to take place in America as the country began to ease restrictions.
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), which staged Pacquiao’s fights with Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman, is again leading the way in bringing Pacquiao and Spence together in a super showdown.
Garcia, though custom-made for Pacquiao’s style, doesn’t hold a world title at the moment while the undefeated Spence has two prestigious belts strapped around his waist.
“The offer (Spence fight) is right there for him to sign,” the source said.
Though the 31-year-old Spence appears to be a tough assignment, Pacquiao said he wasn’t taken aback.
Pacquiao was at ringside in Dallas when the 5-foot-10 Spence had trouble knocking out the slow-moving Garcia in March 2019 and this writer, who was there as well, later asked him what he thought about Spence.
“He doesn’t really hit that hard,” Pacquiao said during an elevator ride, likening Spence’s technique to one of his victims, South African stylist Lehlo Ledwaba, who the fighting lawmaker beat to a bloody pulp in June 2001.
While Pacquiao feels that Spence is not the boxer being groomed to become the next big thing, he has been inactive as of late.
The last time Pacquiao fought was almost two years ago when he dealt Thurman his first loss.
Spence has a 27-0-0 record with 21 knockouts while Pacquiao has a 62-7-2 mark with 39 knockouts.
So, who is it going to be for Pacquiao: Spence or Garcia?
Or could it be none of the above?
Time is running out.
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