Errol Spence considering moving up to 154-pounds if he can’t land Pacquiao, Crawford bouts

Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. has a hard enough time trying to land big fights.

Spence faces WBC titlist Shawn Porter in a unification bout on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

If Spence is victorious, the 29-year-old would like to target WBA champ Manny Pacquiao or WBO beltholder Terence Crawford.

But if he cannot land either, Spence (25-0, 21 KO’s), of Desoto, Texas, could be saying “Sayonara!” to the welterweight division.

“I want the Pacquiao fight,” Spence, a 2012 Olympian, said. “If it don’t happen, then we’ll look elsewhere.”

For five years, the Boxing world waited for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to finally fight.

They finally met to unify welterweight belts in 2015, and although both were still great fighters, the bout was mostly forgettable, despite the money it generated.

We could be on a similar track for a Crawford-Spence unification. Hopefully not.

However, Spence also left the door open for that fight to be potentially made.

“Maybe we’ll talk with Terence Crawford and his team, or we’ll talk to somebody else — but I definitely want that fight.

“I even can see myself moving up to 154 and fighting for a title, so we’ll see.”

It is not the first time that Spence has talked about moving up in weight. In 2016, Spence floated the idea of climbing up to the junior middleweight division to challenge Canelo Alvarez.

The Mexican superstar and boxing’s biggest star, who previously held a junior middleweight world title, has since left the division and went on to unify titles at 160-pounds. Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO’s) is set to challenge Sergey Kovalev for the Russian’s WBO light heavyweight title on November 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

At least one 154-pound world titlist is interested in facing Spence.

Julian “J Rock” Williams.

The new unified world champion is fresh off an upset win against Jarrett Hurd and is eager to add another impressive victory to his resume.

Both fighters are aligned with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon, so the promotional stranglehold that is preventing a Crawford megafight, is non-existent.

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