Citing Spence Jr. Being Too Sluggish for Him, Pacquiao Now Wants to Seal the Deal with MacGregor
It looks like UFC superstar MacGregor is just one win away from signing for a crossover fight with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. MacGregor is currently preparing for his rematch with Dustin Poirier on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The two had met six years ago, the Irish MacGregor won over the American. MacGregor is a huge favorite to win against Poirier for the second time.
With almost 18 months of inactivity, Manny Pacquiao still wants to get back in the ring. Fighting opponents are never hard to find for Manny, as there are so many of them waiting and wanting to have a shot at him. One of them is unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., who dismantled Danny Garcia on December 5, 2020 through a unanimous decision victory.
But Manny Pacquiao is not interested in facing Spence Jr. as his next opponent at the moment, citing that Spence Jr. is too slow for him (slower than his last opponent Keith Thurman). Instead, Pacquiao wants to fight McGregor next, a UFC superstar who only had one boxing match and that’s when he faced Mayweather.
Pacquiao isn’t totally closing the door for a fight with Spence Jr., though, as he hopes to fight twice this year and one of those fights could be against the unified welterweight champion. But Spence Jr. fans did not like Pacquiao’s decision to ditch Spence Jr., who is a unified welterweight champion, for a MacGregor who is not even a boxer in the first place. Speculation has emerged that Pacquiao may be too small and old for Spence Jr. and Pacquiao is likely to be destroyed by Spence Jr. if the fight between the two is made.
But there are those who saw it from another perspective. Pacquiao is pulling the trigger for a MacGregor fight, according to these people, because there is so much money to be made for that fight. Pacquiao can take on all these tough opponents placed before him, Spence Jr., Crawford, Garcia, Lopez, Golovkin, anyone, and give each of them a good fight, but now he needs the richest fight. And don’t we hear that Pacquiao is saying about taking a share of the proceeds of his fight to donate to his compatriots severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic?
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