MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao isn’t settling for non-boxers to make a quick buck.
While Floyd Mayweather’s last foray into a boxing ring was in an exhibition against YouTuber Logan Paul, his generational rival Manny Pacquiao will challenge Errol Spence Jr. for the WBC and IBF welterweight world titles.
Pacquiao, 42, said it’s not in him to “fool” the viewing public, he just prefers to take on those at the top of the sport.
– Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) June 25, 2021
“Boxing is my passion,” Pacquiao said in Filipino during a virtual press conference on Saturday. “I will not cheat or say that boxing is just a game. I will not fight someone who is not a boxer. “
“I do not like that. When I fight, I represent our country and it is a way of uniting Filipinos. “
Pacquiao and Mayweather fought once in 2015 in what was dubbed “the fight of the century” with the American icon earning a unanimous decision victory.
Although Mayweather has a win over Pacquiao, the two were always synonymous with each other and were always discussed together as the best fighters of their time.
Mayweather has since pulled out of competition with his last fight in August 2017 that ended in a TKO victory over MMA superstar Conor McGregor.
From that point on, Pacquiao went 3-0 in title fights with the latter awarding the Filipino the WBA Super Title in his split decision win over Keith Thurman in July 2019.
Pacquiao is aware that his fight against Spence would be monumental, as he could ultimately add up to the WBA super welterweight championship, if the sanctioning body returns champion status to Pacman.
The WBA now lists Pacquiao as a “champion in recess” due to inactivity.
A win could also lead Pacquiao to a unification fight against WBO champion Terence Crawford in the 147-pound division, but the Filipino’s focus right now is on his next fight.
“Depends [if I could fight Crawford] because my fight against Spence could have three belts up for grabs, so this is a good fight, “said Pacquiao. “God willing, I win this one, but I really can’t say this could be my last fight, it could be. I’ll take it one at a time. “
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