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Spence targets Pacquiao, Crawford in return

Errol Spence Jr. wants the biggest battles possible when boxing resumes.

Questions arose about the boxing future of unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. after his horrific one-car accident in October. Spence, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, flipped his Ferrari multiple times at a high rate of speed and ended up flying out of his car. He also wound up being charged for DWI.

Spence had been earmarked to face Danny Garcia on Jan. 25, but that fight never happened so he could recover from the minor injuries suffered. Now, his return to the ring has been further delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Appearing on the Premier Boxing Champion Instagram Live account, Spence says he has a ”second chance at living” with the new goal of becoming the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. To achieve the feat, Spence will need to fight WBA titlist Manny Pacquiao and WBO title holder Terence Crawford.

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After Spence beat Mikey Garcia in March 2019, Pacquiao entered the ring to tease a future matchup.

Pacquiao chose to face Keith Thurman in July, instead. Boxing’s only eight-division world champion put on his best performance to win by unanimous decision to claim the WBA crown. 

“I didn’t think he was going to look that good,” Spence said. “I didn’t think he was going to look like that. I would love to fight Pacquiao, he’s a future legend, he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s a guy I would love to fight. He has a belt, too, I would love to get that belt.

“Me and Pacquiao would probably do 100,000 (fans) if we fought at AT&T Stadium,” Spence added. “I think Pacquiao would be the perfect opponent.”

Boxing fans have been clamoring for Crawford-Spence to be made. The obstacle is Crawford being promoted by Top Rank and Spence fighting under PBC. However, the fact that both promotional outfits worked well together on the February heavyweight title rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder isn’t lost on Spence. 

He’s had conversations with his advisor Al Haymon about making the Crawford fight happen. If it comes to fruition, Crawford-Spence would be a battle of the top welterweights in the world, and perhaps the best the sport has to offer, period. That’s exactly why Spence views a fight with Crawford as “legacy-defining.”

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Manny Pacquiao planning to return to ring in 2020

Welterweight world titlist Manny Pacquiao plans to be back in the ring in the first third of 2020.

Pacquiao, who serves as a senator his native Philippines, will next fight in “in late March or April” in the United States, said Sean Gibbons, the president of MP Promotions and a longtime close adviser to the eight-division world champion.

Gibbons also said that the two rivals on the short list for Pacquiao to face are former welterweight and junior welterweight world titlist Danny Garcia and the unrelated Mikey Garcia, who has acquired world titles in four weight classes. All three of them fight under the Premier Boxing Champions umbrella.

Danny Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs), 31, of Philadelphia, rebounded from a closely contested decision defeat to Shawn Porter for a vacant welterweight title in September 2018 to win his last fight, a seventh-round knockout of Adrian Granados on April 20 in Carson, California.

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Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), who has won belts from featherweight to junior welterweight, moved up in weight to challenge welterweight world titlist Errol Spence Jr. on March 16 in a major pay-per-view fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in an attempt to win a belt in a fifth weight division but suffered a shutout decision defeat and has not boxed since.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), 40, is coming off a remarkable decision victory over Keith Thurma.

A man 10 years his junior, whom he knocked down in the first round en route to taking his title July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao has won three fights in a row, all between July 2018 and the Thurman fight, since returning from a year layoff following a highly controversial decision defeat to Jeff Horn that cost him a welterweight title in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia in July 2017.

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