The 42-year-old former eight division world champion could easily have hand-picked an opponent particularly now he’s in the latter stages of his career. But the future hall of famer is refusing to take the easy option as he still wants to test himself against the best.
Speaking to Fox Sports, he said: “There was a lot of opportunity to pick… not an easy fight, but a much easier fight compared to Errol Spence.
“I decided to pick Errol Spence because I wanted to give a good fight to the fans.
“I’m a real fighter.”
“Errol Spence is undefeated, young and dedicated to his career.
“He is not an easy opponent.
“He’s the kind of fighter you never underestimate.”
Pacquiao will be aiming to become boxing’s first-ever five-time welterweight titlist as he faces the unified WBC/IBF champ on August 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas .
The bout versus Spence Jr will be Pacquiao’s first fight in two years. His last was against previously unbeaten Keith Thurman which won him the WBA welterweight title in July 2019.
Pacquiao’s resume reads like a who’s who of world class opponents. He’s fought 32 times versus current, former or future titlists, including 11 fighters who have subsequently been elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
This will be Spence Jr's sixth defense as a welterweight title following an 11th round knockout of British boxer Kell Brook in May 2017.
In his most recent fight Spence beat two-division champion Danny Garcia in December 5.
It was also his first fight since recovering from the injuries he sustained in a car crash in October 2019 to cement his place as the leading welterweight fighter in the world.
The bout was his first since recovering from injuries sustained in an October 2019 single car crash, when beating Garcia further cemented his status as the leading welterweight in the world today.