Pacquiao would ‘obliterate’ Spence, says trainer

Published February 24, 2021, 8:56 PM

by Carlo Anolin

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Justin Fortune, the strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, believes that the Filipino boxing legend would “obliterate” unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.

Nothing has been cast in stone yet with regards to the next opponent of Pacquiao but Spence is among the long list of elite boxers who could set a lucrative fight against the eight-division world champion.

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Fortune lauded Spence, 30, for being a “great fighter and a good champion” but said he’s “not the same guy” from before.

It would be recalled that Spence survived a fatal car crash in October 2019.

“You put Spence in there with someone like Pacquiao now, Pacquiao obliterates him, even a 42-years-old,” Fortune told The Sun. “He’s still the number one guy and he has been the champion for the last 18 years. That in itself is a phenomenal f______ feat as an athlete in sport.”

The Australian trainer wasn’t also impressed with Spence on his recent fight against Danny Garcia in December last year.

Though the undefeated IBF and WBC champion emerged victorious via unanimous decision, Fortune believed that the recovery from the car crash will be a long-term process and stressed that Spence needs at least two or three fights to “get his s___ back together.”

“Manny’s too fast and too strong, he uses too many angles,” he added. “We don’t know how Spence will pull through, his comeback fight with Danny Garcia wasn’t impressive, at all.”

That said, the decision still boils down to Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) and his camp.

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Top Rank promoter Bob Arum gave hints that Pacquiao, who last saw action in July 2019 with a split decision victory over Keith Thurman, is leaning towards the Terence Crawford showdown.

A long-time friend of Pacquiao, who requested anonymity, recently told Bulletin-Tempo that the Filipino boxer-turned senator wants to return in May.