Team Pacquiao Say Spence/Garcia 'Easy Work'
Manny Pacquiao says UFC star Conor McGregor is to be his next opponent and rates Keith Thurman higher than Errol Spence Jr.
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MMA star McGregor is already booked for a rematch with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, yet his name is still linked with reigning WBA welterweight champion, fure Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao.
Last year, a collosul mega-fight between the pair progressed after the two admitted their interest to take on each other. Reports state that this is still Pacquiao’s stance on the matter and reassured everybody that all the boxers calling him out could have their time.
It remains to be seen how many fights the icon has left in him, but it now seems certain that the next one will happen, and against UFC star McGregor.
“They’re my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA (mixed martial artist),” Pacquiao told Business Mirror, referring to McGregor. “I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino COVID-19 victims.”
'Pacman' has also been tippe to face off against Errol Spence, one of the highest regarded fighters in the world, who currently holds two of the other belts in the division - the WBC and IBF. Spence came back from a horrific car crash lsat year to claim victory over former champ Danny Garcia, and Pacquiao thinks that accident has hampered Spence's game.
“Spence is slower than [Keith] Thurman, but it’s going to be a good fight,” the 42-year-old said. “I think Spence lost a step from the accident.”
Despite a significant gap and many more miles on the clock, Team Pacquiao remain confident boxing’s only eight-division titlist is better than all the current world champions in his weight class.
According to Pacquiao’s conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who has worked with Pacquiao since 2003, a fight against McGregor guarantees a huge paycheck and a quick, brutal knockout for the boxer.
“I guarantee it,” Fortune told Philstar Global. “Manny knocks him out in two rounds, quick and easy. I think it’ll be a massive money fight. The world wants it. A lot of people don’t like McGregor and want to see him beaten up.”
With regards to Spence and Mikey Garcia, who has been calling out Pacquiao for quite some time now, Fortune boasted that both welterweights would only be a “tune-up” fight for the Filipino legend.
“Manny will knock Mikey [Garcia] out,” the coach predicted. “Mikey’s fast and strong. He’s not as big as Spence. But Manny’s a different animal. It’ll be a tune-up for Manny who hasn’t fought since beating [Keith] Thurman in 2019.”
“As for Spence, Manny beats him any day,” he continued. “Spence is slow. In his last fight, he was up against Danny (Garcia) who couldn’t pull the trigger but went 12 rounds. Danny ended up with a huge black eye, but if he’d fought Manny instead, he would’ve gotten badly beaten up. Manny’s a meat mincer.”