LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. formally announced Sunday that they would possibly be able to fight Aug. 21 in a bout pitting an eight-division world champion in opposition to one of many sport’s most dominant present champions.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) and Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) will fight for Spence’s WBC and IBF welterweight titles when they meet at T-Cell Arena in Las Vegas.
The 42-year-extinct Pacquiao is a senator in his native Philippines. He hasn’t fought since July 2019, when he beat Keith Thurman by ruin up decision for his third consecutive victory.
At a news conference in Los Angeles, Pacquiao admitted he takes a well-known risk in returning in opposition to one of many highest active fighters in boxing. Pacquiao acknowledged he could seemingly perhaps moreover salvage picked “a necessary simpler fight as in contrast with Errol Spence” for his comeback bout, nonetheless chose to deal with the unbeaten 147-pound champion “on fable of I are in search of to give a like minded fight to the fans. I need an proper fight.”
The 31-year-extinct Spence will be in the ring for entirely the 2d time since October 2019, when he survived a single-vehicle atomize one day of which he become ejected from his Ferrari 488 Spider. Spence become convicted of driving whereas intoxicated, nonetheless purchased no jail time.
He returned final December in his native Dallas home with a unanimous decision over Danny Garcia.
Pacquiao has been stopped correct once since 1999, nonetheless Spence acknowledged he won’t enter the ring in search of out a highlight-reel knockout. Spence is 3 1/2 inches taller than Pacquiao, and his frame become vastly better all over their ceremonial faceoff.
“I no doubt salvage the flexibility to operate him,” Spence acknowledged. “But for me, it’s about winning the fight.”
The pay-per-watch match will be telecast by Fox Sports.
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