MANILA, Philippines – Errol Spence Jr. sent a stern warning to Manny Pacquiao ahead of their Aug. 21 showdown for the American IBF and WBC welterweight titles.
In an episode of Barbershop Conversations, Spence said that he is better than ever and that his victory over Danny Garcia in December 2020 was only a fraction of what he can do against Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
“I will be stronger and physically better than my (recent) fights. If you’re looking at that, you should be looking at Chris Algieri, Lamont (Peterson), and Kell Brook fights to find something. If you look at the last fight thinking you’ve found a weakness, you’re in trouble, ”Spence said.
Garcia’s fight was Spence’s only fight in 2020, as he spent much of the year recovering from a horrible car accident in October 2019 in Texas.
However, prior to that clash, Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) was torn when he stopped Algieri in five rounds in their April 2016 fight before dispatching Leonard Bundu, Brook, Peterson and Ocampo.
His match against Ocampo lasted just three minutes.
Spence, however, knows that Pacquiao (62-7-2) will come hungry as is usual for the eight-division world champion.
“I look forward to the same Manny Pacquiao we have every time. He’s coming to fight and I’m definitely going to come fight, ”Spence said. “Pacquiao doesn’t care who he fights with. Pacquiao is a warrior, he’s a guy who will fight anyone. “
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