There’s a lot of young, good welterweights all aching to get a shot at Manny Pacquiao’s world crown.
There is World Boxing Organization titlist Terence Crawford. There is World Boxing Council champ Shawn Porter. And there is World Boxing Association super champion Keith Thurman.
And don’t forget Errol Spence, Jr., who boosted his status as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world with a 12-round magnificent performance against challenger Mikey Garcia on Saturday in Dallas, Texas.
One of the celebrities who watched the masterclass performance of Spence was no other than Pacquiao, whom Spence described as a legend of the sport of boxing.
“It would be my honor to fight him (Pacquiao),” Spence said when asked shortly after the fight.
Pacquiao appeared in the ring after the final bell and said he was willing to face the much younger Spence.
“I am looking at the winner of this fight. Spence wants to fight me,” said Pacquiao. “I am hoping to be back here, soon.”
It’s no secret that the Filipino great wants to meet unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for the second time in what could be the final bout of a great career.
But Mayweather seems not interested, appearing instead in exhibition bouts and enjoying the good life.
The 29-year-old Spence easily beat Garcia by a unanimous decision to retain his International Boxing Federation title in a welterweight homecoming bout in front of 47,500 fans.
Spence dominated Garcia throughout with a stinging jab and a barrage of combinations and his hometown crowd at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas cheered wildly as he used his size and reach advantage to put on a boxing clinic.
“My motivation was fighting in front of my hometown crowd,” Spence said. “This is where I started it from a pup. From the amateurs all the way up.
“This is my core fan base. I felt good and I wanted to put on a great performance.”
The fight was hyped as a showdown of two unbeaten boxers but it didn’t turn out that way with one judge scoring it 120-107 for Spence. The other two had it 120-108 and 120-108.
Garcia never landed more than 10 punches in a single round. Spence landed 375 total punches to just 75 for Garcia, who was fighting for the first time as a welterweight after moving up two divisions.
Spence has been avoided by most of the top fighters in the division but this victory appears to have set up a future showdown with Filipino Manny Pacquiao.