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Errol Spence Jr: I’d love to fight Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford will happen

Spence says he has his eyes set on a couple of big fights.

Errol Spence Jr. v Shawn Porter Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It doesn’t appear that Errol Spence is looking to take any tune-ups after all following his frightening one-car accident that he miraculously survived with relatively minor injuries. Spence, with an acknowledged second chance at life, says he’ll be looking to return to action this fall and has his sights set on the Manny Pacquiao, who had a pretty resurgent performance in his last outing against Keith Thurman.

“I didn’t think he was going to look that good, I didn’t think he was going to look like that,” Spence said in a PBC Instagram interview on Monday. “I would love to fight Pacquiao, he’s a future legend, he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s a guy I would love to fight. He has a belt, too, I would love to get that belt.”

Danny Garcia has been named Spence’s WBC mandatory challenger, but with Pacquiao holding another major world title Spence will obviously try to prioritize a unification fight if he can manage it. Pacquiao aside, Spence knows the fight fans probably most want is against Terence Crawford, which just happens to be a tougher deal to make between their respective promotional companies.

To that end Spence says that will ultimately just come down to there being enough money in the pot to make it worth it for both sides. The 30-year-old fighter from Texas would continue by assuring everyone that he’s spoken to Al Haymon about potential Crawford fight though, saying there’s no chance he’s ducking that fight as he truly feels he’s the better fighter of the two.

“We both have the skillset, we both have the talent, both have the will,” Spence said. “But at the same time, at the end of the day, I feel I’ll wash Terence Crawford. I feel I’ll beat him, out-punch him.”

The reality of the situation is that while Spence-Crawford might rank higher in the minds of a lot of fans at this point, Spence potentially has a lot more money he could make in a fight against the Filipino superstar who’s stock is high as a proven PPV attraction.

Bottom line, with a number of easier fights to be made on the PBC side, don’t expect a Spence-Crawford fight to be made any sooner than absolutely necessary.

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