Errol Spence wants huge payout fight with Manny Pacquiao first before considering a potential Shawn Porter rematch
Errol Spence Jr. has to be on the radar of other welterweight boxers with titles in the bag and an undefeated record. However, he seems determined to have Manny Pacquiao as his next opponent before thinking about other fights, such as a possible rematch with Shawn Porter.
Errol Spence vs. Manny Pacquiao rumors
Spence and Pacquiao are two of the most sought after opponents in their division right now for several reasons. For Spence, the factors mentioned above would explain it. Pacquiao, on the other hand, is a slightly different scenario. He is an established boxing icon after once dominating in eight divisions simultaneously (the only boxer to ever do it) along with a future place in the Hall of Fame. These things almost make his WBA (Super) welterweight title just a cherry on top.
These also make a fight between Spence and Pacquiao a very desirable event to watch. The younger boxer knows it well and even calls their potential matchup a “cash cow.”
“[Pacquiao is] the cash cow,” he said in an interview in the “All The Smoke” podcast (via Inquirer.net). “So, that’s a guy I definitely want [fight],” Spence said he is aware that Porter also wants a rematch with him. While he is not closing his doors for that match, he said that one has to wait because there is plenty of “bigger fish to fry.”
The good news is Pacquiao also prefers to face Spence for his next fight. When asked for his top two choices of next opponents, the Filipino boxer mentioned Spence and Mikey Garcia.
Pacquiao’s team previously announced he is planning to have his next fight in July, possibly in the Middle East. They have yet to announce how it would be changed following the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Manny Pacquiao hoped for the 5th match vs. Juan Manuel Marquez?
In other boxing news, Top Rank boss and Pacquiao’s former promoter, Bob Arum, recently confirmed that “Pac Man” did make serious efforts to clinch the fifth match against Juan Manuel Marquez. “Pacquiao wanted the fight because, according to him, he was winning the fourth fight very handily,” Arum told World Boxing News.
Their last match did not end well for Pacquiao as Marquez won via knockout in the sixth round. This is an obvious and understandable reason why Pacquiao would want to round up their rivalry with a fifth event. However, not even the amount of money that the supposed match would generate was enough to entice Marquez.