For the first time since 2019, Manny Pacquiao is stepping back into a boxing ring.
On Friday, Pacquiao tweeted a poster for a fight against Errol Spence Jr., the undefeated unified welterweight champion, on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao has not fought since July 20, 2019, when he defeated Keith Thurman by split decision to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title and become the oldest welterweight champion in history at 40. He has won each of his past three fights, with a win against Adrien Broner by unanimous decision and a technical knockout against Lucas Matthysse being the others.
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Spence (27-0, 21 KOs) has kept an undefeated streak going to begin his career. The 31-year-old most recently beat Danny Garcia by unanimous decision on Dec. 5, 2020, to retain the WBC and IBF welterweight titles. He won the IBF title on May 27, 2017, with a knockout of Kell Brook and claimed the WBC title on Sept. 28, 2019, in a split decision against Shawn Porter.
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Spence will have both a height and reach advantage over Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) in this fight; 3 1/2 inches in height and five inches in reach. The Ring, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and BoxRec all have Spence listed as the fifth-best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, while ESPN and the Boxing Writers Association of America have him at No. 4.
Here’s everything you need to know about Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr.
When is Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr.?
Date: Saturday, Aug. 21
The Pacquiao-Spence fight will be held Aug. 21, 2021. Times for the main card and main event have not been posted. Check back for updates.
How to watch Pacquiao vs. Spence
The Pacquiao vs. Spence fight will be available on pay-per-view through Fox Sports’ Premier Boxing Champions.
How much does Pacquiao vs. Spence cost?
The PPV price for the fight has not been released. Check back for updates.
Where is Pacquiao vs. Spence taking place?
The Pacquiao vs. Spence fight will take place in Las Vegas. Check back for the fight’s venue.
Pacquiao vs. Spence odds
Manny Pacquiao: TBD
Errol Spence Jr.: TBD
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Manny Pacquiao record and bio
Born: Dec. 17, 1978
Reach: 67 inches
Total fights: 71
Record: 62-7-2, 39 knockouts
Errol Spence Jr. record and bio
Born: March 3, 1990
Height: 5-9 1/2
Reach: 72 inches
Total fights: 27
Record: 27-0, 21 knockouts
Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr. fight card
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