Errol Spence Jr. plans on making a statement.
The WBC and IBF welterweight champion will have arguably his biggest fight yet when he takes on WBA-title holder Manny Pacquiao in a title unification clash on August 21.
Many believe it could be Pacquiao’s last fight with the 42-year-old even hinting as much. Spence believes so as well as he plans on giving the Filipino legend an unhappy welcome into retirement.
“I’m preparing my body to get into training camp mode and do the best that I can, to get into the best shape that I can, and be as strong as I can, to knock out Manny Pacquiao and send him off into retirement,” Spence told Barbershop Conversations (via Boxing Scene).
“I think he’s going off to become president of the Philippines, or something like that.”
That said, Spence is not underestimating him as he is expecting the same fierce Pacquiao that we have all been accustomed to.
“I expect the same Manny Pacquiao that we get every time,” Spence explained. “He’ll come to fight, and I’ll definitely come to fight. I’ll be a lot stronger and physically better than my previous fight, [a unanimous decision win over Danny Garcia in December].
“If [Pacquiao is] looking at [the tape of the Garcia fight], he should be looking at the Chris Algieri, Lamont Peterson and the Kell Brook fight. If he’s looking at the last fight looking for weakness, he’s going to be in trouble.”
One thing is for sure — this is huge fight not only for the welterweight division, but the sport of boxing as a whole.