Errol Spence is better than Floyd Mayweather, says Pacquiao

Published July 12, 2021, 5:24 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Manny Pacquiao believes that Errol Spence Jr., the unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion, doesn’t need any advice from compatriot Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In this file photo, Manny Pacquiao (center) raises his fists during an official weigh-in as opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) looks ahead of the “Fight of the Century” last May 2015. Also in the photo is Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. (Top Rank)

Pacquiao made the comments when Spence was asked if Mayweather has already reached out to him ahead of the mega-bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Aug 21.

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Mayweather had vowed to give some pointers to Spence, who was his former sparring partner.

Apparently, Spence, hoping that Mayweather “will probably reach out to him soon, said they have not talked to each other yet.

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At this point, the 42-year-old Filipino boxing legend took his time to apologize for the interruption and unloaded the quick jab towards Mayweather.

“Actually, Errol [doesn’t] need any advice from Mayweather because I believe that Errol is better than Mayweather,” said the eight-division world boxing champion during PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) on FOX’s press conference in Los Angeles, California.

“He is a fighter than Mayweather. I think he will teach Mayweather how to fight toe-to-toe,” added Pacquiao, who holds a 62-7-2 record on top of 39 knockouts.

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The 31-year-old Spence (27-0, 21 KOs), for his part, took the compliment as it is but remained wary of Pacquiao, describing him as someone gives a lot of compliments and gratitude on interviews but “will be jumping all over you” once inside the boxing ring.

Both Pacquiao and Mayweather have recently exchanged words the past few weeks, with the latter first stirring up with his comments on the former’s legendary boxing career.

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Mayweather is saddened that Pacquiao has to fight at his age compared to him who’s already “financially set.”

The Filipino fighting senator fired a counter-punch and clarified that it’s not about the money but the passion and hunger to enter the boxing ring again and to bring glory to the Philippines.

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Mayweather, unbeaten in 50 matches with 27 KOs, scored a unanimous decision win against Pacquiao in the blockbuster bout dubbed as the “Fight of the Century” in May 2015.

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