Boxing legend and icon Manny Pacquiao was last seen in the ring on July 20, 2019, when he defeated Keith Thurman to win the WBA welterweight championship at 40 years of age. This made him the oldest champion to hold this title but on Friday, May 21, Pacquiao took to Instagram to announce that he will be stepping in the ring once again. This time, to face off against rising star Errol Spence Jr who is 11 years his junior. The fight has an old school vs new school feel to it and ever since the announcement, excitement has been high across the globe.
When is Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr, Date, Time, Location, and PPV Price?
The Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr fight will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 21, 2021. The time for the main event and venue are yet to be decided; however, announcements on both are expected soon. Both fighters are expected to make their way to the ring at 8 PM PST / 11 PM EST. For many people in the boxing world, the Allegiant Stadium makes sense for this fight because it is a 65,000 seater arena. The popularity and anticipation of this fight ever since it was announced will likely draw a big crowd and sell out such a massive area.
There was also talk that this fight could have taken place at the AT&T Stadium in Texas which is an 80,000 seater area. While this venue looks good on paper, it would put Pacquiao at a disadvantage since Errol Spence Jr resides in Texas meaning he would have the majority of the crowd cheering him on as the hometown hero. A neutral venue in Las Vegas makes the most sense for all parties involved in what promises to be a fantastic night of boxing on August 21.
Before Errol Spence Jr was picked, there were a number of fighters who all wanted to fight Pacquiao. Some of the big names were Terence Crawford, Conor McGregor, Ryan Garcia, Keith Thurman, and Mikey Garcia. Pacquiao had been speaking to WBO welterweight champion Crawford about possible a fight in Abu Dhabi, however, talks fell through and nothing materialized. This was when PBC began talking to IBF/WBC welterweight champion Spence.
Customers in the United States can watch this event on FOX Sports PPV; however, the price they’ll have to pay is yet to be released. The event can also be streamed via Fite.tv and they have the event priced at $49.99 for those interested in watching the fight over there.
Fox Sports PBC PPV
Premier Boxing Champions, better known as PBC for short, is a television series that covers boxing events. Ever since PBC premiered its first fight in March 2015, it has grown in popularity and has been the go-to service for many Americans who want to watch the latest fights in the boxing world. They have deals in place with major US television broadcasters like NBC, ABC, CBS, and of course FOX as well as their affiliated sports-related networks like CBS sports network, NBCSN, ESPN, and FS1.
In 2018, it was announced that Premier Boxing Champions had struck a long-term deal with Showtime and Fox Sports which included rights fees. Both major networks would be showing pay-per-view (PPV) events that are promoted under Premier Boxing Champions giving birth to Fox Sports PBC PPV. Fox Sports PBC PPV is the best place to catch the build up and Pacquiao vs Spence Jr fight Live.
Manny Pacquiao Record and Bio
Born on December 17, 1978, Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao is a professional boxer from the Philippines. When discussions arise of who are some of the greatest boxers of all time, his name is often thrown in the mix. Pacquiao has made a major contribution in the world of boxing including winning 12 major world titles and the only 8 division world champion in boxing history.
He also won the lineal championship in 5 different weight classes, the first boxer in history to do so. He is the only boxer to win world championships in the 1990s, 2000, 2010s, and 2020s. No other boxer has won the championship in 4 different decades plus he is the only boxer to win the flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight titles which are 4 of the 8 boxing divisions.
Going into the fight on August 21 in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao has a record of 486 professional rounds since making his debut in 1995, 71 fights, 62 wins, 2 draws, and 7 losses. 39 of Pacquiao’s wins have come via knockout. Since Pacquiao hasn’t been in the ring since July 2019, he was stripped of the WBA welterweight title.
Errol Spence Jr. Record and Bio
Born on March 3, 1990, Errol Spence Jr. Is a professional boxer from the United States of America. He has held the unified welterweight world champion belt since 2017 and is currently holding the WBC title. This is a title he’s held since 2019 and as he was rising through the ranks in the welterweight division, Spence Jr represented the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London where he made it as far as the quarter-finals. He also won 3 consecutive United States national championships while in the welterweight division as well.
Errol Spence Jr has several accolades to his name and as of 2021, BoxRec ranked him the world best active welterweight having been rated 5 star by them on 4 different occasions. On top of that, he is also ranked 4th by the Boxing Writers Association of America and 5th by The Ring magazine. Ahead of the fight against Pacquiao, Spencer Jr goes into it with a record of 132 professional rounds, 27 fights, 27 wins, 0 draws, and 0 losses. 21 of his wins have come via knockout. This is a very impressive record which he will look to continue in Las Vegas, Nevada when it crosses paths with Pacquiao.
With a 78% knockout percentage, Errol Spence Jr clearly has the power advantage over Manny Pacquiao’s 63% knockout percent. Spencer Jr also has a reach and height advantage of 5 inches per over his counterpart however, what Pacquiao has on his side is speed and experience despite being 11 years older. He is faster and will use 17 years’ worth of experience to try and get the better of Spencer Jr.