Pacquiao vs Spence will push through, says MP Promotions chief

Published July 1, 2021, 2:39 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Sean Gibbons, the president of Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions, assured the public that the welterweight unification bout between Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. on Aug. 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will push through.

Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. (Photo from Manny Pacquiao” Twitter account)

This amid the lawsuit filed against the Filipino boxing legend by the Paradigm Sports Management for breach of contract.

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“That fight is on the schedule 1000 percent! The fight is happening on August 21st at the T-Mobile Arena. The Senator knows that the truth will set him free,” Gibbons told

Last Sunday, Paradigm filed the lawsuit in Orange County, California “seeking to recoup a $3.3 million advance and requesting an injunction” to stop his scheduled fight against Spence, the unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion.

Audie Attar, the CEO of Paradigm, claimed that he was negotiating for the Filipino fighting senator to face American welterweight contender Mikey Garcia.

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The lawsuit claims that Gibbons himself as well as Winchell Campos “veered Pacquiao back to powerful boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.”

Pacquiao’s camp was quick to take action as lawyer Dale Kinsella said it “is a frivolous effort to interfere with Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming mega-fight, and it can and will fail for numerous reasons.”

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The MP Promotions chief, meanwhile, confirmed that Pacquiao is set to travel to the United States this week to begin his intense training camp at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California under the helm of veteran coach Freddie Roach.

Over the past few weeks, Pacquiao, 42, has been showing a glimpse of his training here in the Philippines. The eight-division world boxing champion revealed that he has been adjusting his schedule here to avoid jetlag once he lands on US soil.

Pacquiao, who got stripped of his super WBA belt last January due to inactivity, has not fought since scoring a split decision win over Keith Thurman in July 2019 to improve at 62-7-2 record on top of 39 knockouts while Spence, 31, remains unbeaten in 27 matches with 21 KOs.