Boxing: Unbeaten Spence wants to unify titles, eyes Pacquiao showdown


Posted at Jun 01 2020 03:53 PM

Referee Jack Reiss in in the ring with Erroll Spence Jr. after he defeated Shawn Porter in this September 28, 2019 file photo. Jayne Kamin-Oncea, Getty Images/AFP 

American boxer Errol Spence is looking to unify all the belts in boxing's loaded welterweight division, and has set his sights on Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao. 

The 30-year-old Spence owns a pristine 26-0 record, with 21 wins coming by knockout. He currently holds the IBF and WBC welterweight titles, after coming away with a split decision over Shawn Porter in September 2019.

According to a report from Boxing Scene, Spence is hopeful that he can hold all the belts in the welterweight division and has a roadmap for achieving that goal.

"My realistic goals are Danny Garcia, Pacquiao, and Terence Crawford," said Spence.

"Or, Pacquiao, then Terence Crawford. That's my goal," he stressed.

Spence was set to defend his titles against Garcia but a car crash in October 2019 halted those plans. 

He remains open to that bout, as well as fighting Pacquiao, who holds the WBA "super" welterweight title, and Crawford, who holds the WBO belt.

"I don't want to leave 147 (the welterweight division) without fighting Terence Crawford," said Spence of Crawford, who is the No. 4 pound-for-pound boxer in the world according to The RING Magazine.

Pacquiao has not fought since July 2019, when he defeated Keith Thurman via split decision to claim the "super" version of the WBA welterweight belt. The Filipino boxer has been tight-lipped about his future plans since then, although he has been called out by several fighters, including Porter and now, Spence.

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