Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao believes the time spent away from competing will benefit him vs. Errol Spence Jr.
Pacquiao and Spence headline the August 21 FOX Sports Premier Boxing Champions pay-per-view for the unified welterweight title.
“It’s been two years since I’ve been in the ring and it was good for me to have that rest. It helped my body and my mind a lot. This time around, I’m as excited as ever and feeling like I’m young again,” Pacquiao. “I’m expecting a good fight. Spence is an aggressive fighter and I know that we can create a lot of action in the ring for all of the fans watching. I have lots of advantages in this fight. My speed and power, along with my strategy and experience, are all advantages for me.
“I never imagined being at this point now, when I started my career. Especially to be here now and still fighting the best. It’s truly a gift that I’ve received.”
The 42-year-old Pacquiao earned a split decision over Keith Thurman in 2019 to win the WBA (super) welterweight title. He has won his last three since a 2017 loss to Jeff Horn.
The WBC, IBF and vacant The Ring welterweight belts will be on the line in this match.
“This could be my last fight, or there could be more. Like I’ve always said, it’s one at a time. After the fight, I’ll talk about the plan and see if there’s another fight coming,” he said. “My family is so supportive of me, because they know that I want to fight and bring honor to my country. At the same time, I’m also here to show for myself that I can still do it at 42-years-old.
“I’m happy to have been doing this for so long with the same coaching staff. I know that they’re happy with my preparations for this fight. The fire in training is still there. It’s the same as it’s been these last 15 years.”