|1st Fighter||Draw||2nd Fighter |
|Leigh Wood||2.50||23.00||1.61||Michael Conlan|
|Jermell Charlo||1.73||19.00||2.00||Brian Carlos Castano|
Spence won the IBF belt in 2017 with a knockout of Kell Brook. Four fights later he added the WBC crown with a split-decision victory over Mikey Garcia. Spence has defended the IBF title five times and the WBC belt once. He is coming off a unanimous decision win over Danny Garcia in December 2020. Spence is the No. 1 ranked welterweight according to The Ring magazine. The Ring also ranked him at No. 6 in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Pacquiao, who The Ring has ranked at No. 3 at welterweight (not ranked pound-for-pound), is 62-7-2 in his career. Pacquiao is on a three-fight winning streak. He is coming off a July 2019 split-decision victory over Keith Thurman.
Spence vs. Pacquiao takes place on August 21 in Las Vegas.
The odds in this one favour the younger fighter as Spence is the favourite to win at 1.52, while the more experienced Pacquiao is at 2.60.
Errol Spence (1.40) vs. Manny Pacquiao (2.87)
The first thing many will point out about this fight is Pacquiao’s age of 42, while Spence is 31. But don’t forget, The Ring has Pacquiao ranked at No. 3. For those in the know, age is just a number with Pacquiao. Another thing that could affect Pacquiao is he hasn’t fought for 25 months, which is the longest layoff of his career.
Pacquiao’s win over Thurman, split-decision or not, was impressive. It was the best the veteran looked in years. Can he recapture that magic against Spence? I don’t think so, but I’m not counting him out.
What I see happening is some tough times in the early going for Spence, but he will then find his groove and win a 12-round decision.
Take Spence to win this matchup.
Errol Spence Jr
To beat Manny Pacquiao
Errol Spence to win by decision
Spence has the edge due to his youth and his boxing style. If he can establish his jab and work behind that and pressure when he finds openings he should win. With that said, Pacquiao did not look old against Thurman. If he can fight in that same way, he has a chance to get upset. If Pacquiao slips just a little, Spence’s edge increases.
Spence was a knockout fighter early in his career, but as his competition has increased, so have his number of decisions. His past three wins represent half of the six decision wins he has in his 27-fight career. Pacquiao might be older, but he is still Manny Pacquiao. His most recent knockout loss came more than eight years ago when Juan Manuel Marquez stopped him with one second left in the sixth round of their matchup.
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