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Manny Pacquiao fight 2021: Will he face Errol Spence Jr. after bout with Conor McGregor?

From the Pacquiao vs. Broner Epilogue Preview | Photo credit: SHOWTIME Sports / YouTube screenshot

The year 2020 would have been a great one for boxing fans around the world given the possible match-ups that ultimately did not happen due to COVID-19. However, this only means there are many things to look forward to in 2021, especially those eager to see the next fights Manny Pacquiao is going to face.

Errol Spence Jr. reiterates preference to fight Manny Pacquiao after Danny Garcia

The potential match-up between unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and Pacquiao is probably on the wish list of most boxing fans. And even though they are both slated to face different opponents for their next fights, Spence reminds everyone that facing Pacquiao in the ring is still one of his career goals.

Spence is scheduled to defend his titles against Danny Garcia in a blockbuster unification bout on Dec. 5 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The fight has been a long time coming and has been in the works as soon as Spence defeated Shawn Porter in 2019. But the Texas native is already looking forward to other career-defining fights beyond this year.

This is not the first time Spence announced his eagerness to fight Pacquiao, and it is unlikely going to be the last. In an interview with The Sun, Spence said he remains hopeful to make this bout happen before the Philippine champ retires. “He's on his way out so I'd love to have that fight,” Spence said. “He's a living legend, and I've never fought someone of that calibre. ... That would be different and it would send me somewhere else popularity-wise.”

Pacquiao reaffirms pro boxing career will ‘continue’ as he signs with Paradigm Sports

It is still unknown how possible it is to see Spence battle it out with Pacquiao in the ring. The Filipino currently holds the WBA Super welterweight title, so many were expecting him to choose an opponent for his next fight from whom he would defend his championship.

However, Pacquiao’s and Conor McGregor’s camps have both confirmed that they are set to face each other for their first boxing match in 2021. What happens next for the only eight-division champion is still unknown, but he has implied that he intends to “continue” with his professional boxing career.

Pacquiao, who is turning 42 in December, shared on Instagram earlier this month that he had signed with Paradigm Sports. “Grateful for the support of my family, team, and fans as I continue my professional boxing journey,” he wrote.

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