Manny Pacquiao wants to fight for three more years, but those plans might get wrecked permanently if he fights Errol Spence Jr.
Thankfully, Pacquiao does not appear to want any part of the unbeaten welterweight world titleholder.
The eight-division world champion was in attendance for Spence’s easy victory over Mikey Garcia last Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, but left his name off a list of potential opponents on a poll presented on his Twitter page last week.
Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman, and Shawn Porter were on the list, and a majority of fans voted for Mayweather. However, it appears Mayweather is losing interest in a possible rematch.
Sources have informed FightNights.com that Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), of Clearwater, Florida, could land a pay-per-view bout against Pacquiao in July.
Fans were quick to accuse Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KO's) of ducking Spence, but perhaps they new to the sport. Ducking, like robbery, is a term that is widely overused in boxing.
By the age of 27, Pacquiao had fought Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Erik Morales, which all but solidified his spot as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Of course, his legacy did not stop there.
Already a world champion in four different weight classes, Pacquiao added four more to his record, beating world-class fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, and Timothy Bradley. If there is any fighter who has never ducked or dodged a fighter, it is Pacquiao. It is just wrong to say that Pacquiao is ducking Spence when most of the division, who are closer to the age of 30, also have no interest in taking on Spence.
Garcia had the courage to do so, but ultimately paid the price.
Spence wants the Pacquiao fight for a number of reasons. One is obviously money and the other being that it is still a significant bout. A Spence-Pacquiao bout would draw another massive crowd to the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and generate a decent amount of pay-per-view revenue, but the fight is not a compelling one, and both fighters know that. Pacquiao is well past his prime, and while he was good enough to beat Adrien Broner in January, the former four-division world champion was fresh out of jail and did not show up to win the fight.
The 29-year-old Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) would outweigh Pacquiao by at least 15 pounds on fight night, and unlike Broner, Spence would actually throw punches -- a lot of punches. He threw over 1,082 blows against Garcia and landed over 51 percent of his power shots. Add in Pacquiao's 40-year-old legs, and a body that has been through many wars, Spence is just all wrong for Pacquiao at this stage of his career.