T-Mobile Arena Officially Set To Host Manny Pacquiao Vs. Errol Spence Jr.

By: Hans Themistode It was the matchup fans were hoping for. When Manny Pacquiao revealed to the boxing world that he was set to take on Errol Spence Jr. on August 21st, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the only thing missing was the venue. Now, after working things out behind the scenes, their mega showdown officially has a location. T-Mobile Arena, which has hosted several huge boxing events including Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs and Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, will now play host to arguably the biggest fight of the year. Spence Jr., 31, will walk into his showdown against Pacquiao as the prohibited favorite. The betting public’s willingness to plunk down several dollars on the unified titlist is due to his recent track record. The Dallas native has simply mowed down the competition and has gone on to hand several former champion's one-sided losses such as Kell Brook, Mikey Garcia and most recently - Danny Garcia. Now, with the chance to face who he describes as a “living legend,” Spence has guaranteed that he will “retire" Pacquiao come fight night. But while the threats of Spence Jr. have irritated the fan base of the future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Pacquiao has merely shrugged off his meaningless words. Having stood on the sidelines since his split decision win over Keith Thurman in July of 2019, Pacquiao claims that he’s fresh, rejuvenated and ready to go. Although Pacquiao and Spence Jr. have spent numerous years fighting in front of a Vegas crowd, this will be the first time either man steps through the ropes at the T-Mobile Arena. With every wrinkle seemingly ironed out for their showdown, the only question mark that remains is whether or not their contest will be considered a unification bout. After dethroning Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao also picked up the WBA welterweight title that was in possession of Thurman. His championship status, however, was revoked earlier this year for his failure to defend his title in a timely fashion. The Filipino native was officially placed as “Champion in Recess” and Yordenis Ugas, then the WBA “Regular” belt holder, was elevated to full titleholder. Meaning, once Pacquiao decided to end his hiatus, he would be given the first crack at Ugas to regain his world title. Yet, as is always the case in boxing, the rules have seemingly gone out the window. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza has recently come out and stated that in all likelihood, Pacquiao’s reinstatement as champion is the most probable option. Whether or not Pacquiao is in fact reinstated is yet to be seen. As for the current belt holder in Ugas, he’s set to also return to action in the co-main event on the night against an opponent yet to be named. The post T-Mobile Arena Officially Set To Host Manny Pacquiao Vs. Errol Spence Jr. appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

T-Mobile Arena Officially Set To Host Manny Pacquiao Vs. Errol Spence Jr.

By: Hans Themistode

It was the matchup fans were hoping for. When Manny Pacquiao revealed to the boxing world that he was set to take on Errol Spence Jr. on August 21st, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the only thing missing was the venue. Now, after working things out behind the scenes, their mega showdown officially has a location.

T-Mobile Arena, which has hosted several huge boxing events including Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs and Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, will now play host to arguably the biggest fight of the year.

Spence Jr., 31, will walk into his showdown against Pacquiao as the prohibited favorite. The betting public’s willingness to plunk down several dollars on the unified titlist is due to his recent track record. The Dallas native has simply mowed down the competition and has gone on to hand several former champion's one-sided losses such as Kell Brook, Mikey Garcia and most recently - Danny Garcia.

Now, with the chance to face who he describes as a “living legend,” Spence has guaranteed that he will “retire" Pacquiao come fight night.

But while the threats of Spence Jr. have irritated the fan base of the future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Pacquiao has merely shrugged off his meaningless words. Having stood on the sidelines since his split decision win over Keith Thurman in July of 2019, Pacquiao claims that he’s fresh, rejuvenated and ready to go.

Although Pacquiao and Spence Jr. have spent numerous years fighting in front of a Vegas crowd, this will be the first time either man steps through the ropes at the T-Mobile Arena. With every wrinkle seemingly ironed out for their showdown, the only question mark that remains is whether or not their contest will be considered a unification bout.

After dethroning Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao also picked up the WBA welterweight title that was in possession of Thurman. His championship status, however, was revoked earlier this year for his failure to defend his title in a timely fashion. The Filipino native was officially placed as “Champion in Recess” and Yordenis Ugas, then the WBA “Regular” belt holder, was elevated to full titleholder. Meaning, once Pacquiao decided to end his hiatus, he would be given the first crack at Ugas to regain his world title.

Yet, as is always the case in boxing, the rules have seemingly gone out the window. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza has recently come out and stated that in all likelihood, Pacquiao’s reinstatement as champion is the most probable option. Whether or not Pacquiao is in fact reinstated is yet to be seen.

As for the current belt holder in Ugas, he’s set to also return to action in the co-main event on the night against an opponent yet to be named.

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Keith Thurman Compares The Punching Power Of Danny Garcia To Manny Pacquiao: “Nobody Hit Like Danny”

By: Hans Themistode Keith Thurman believes his time on the shelf is slowly but surely coming to an end. The former unified welterweight titlist is back in the gym and working hard to return to form. Recently, rumors surfaced of a possible rematch between Thurman and long-time rival, Shawn Porter. In 2016, Thurman edged out a close unanimous decision victory between the pair. Whether their showdown comes to fruition or not is yet to be seen but at the moment, Thurman is focused on the biggest fight in the welterweight division that is set to take place in just a few short months when Manny Pacquiao takes on current unified champion Errol Spence Jr. Having gone toe to toe with Pacquiao in July of 2019, Thurman knows exactly what it feels like to be on the other end of the former eight-division world champions punches. Considering that Thurman went down from a punch in the opening round to Pacquiao for only the second time in his career and was hurt on multiple occasions, he wholeheartedly respects how hard Pacquiao hits. With that said, he isn't the biggest puncher he's ever faced. “Nobody hit like Danny (Garcia),” said Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com “He felt like a big brick, Pacquiao felt like a little brick. Now the weird part is that Pacquiao’s hands just felt heavy. After the fight, I was like why did his fist feel so hard in the fight? I could handle it but I was thinking does he do certain training? Does he have more bone density in his hands? Did they do some Asian stuff? What did they do?” As Thurman paused for a moment to reminisce of his back and forth battle with Pacquiao that ultimately resulted in the first defeat of his career, the Florida native believes he understands why Pacquiao hit so hard. "I was looking at a picture that my dad framed up at his house, he took a picture of me and Pac trading body blows. When I looked at the picture, I noticed that Pacquiao wore those old-school Mexican Reyes gloves. Back when me and Ben Getty (Thurman’s old trainer who passed away) was knocking everybody out, we always wore those Mexican Reyes gloves. What would it have felt like for Pacquiao if I would've worn those Reyes?” In the end, Thurman’s question is likely to never be answered as the two continue to go in opposite directions. Still, despite what he deems as unfinished business and regardless of how much respect he has for the hard-hitting future first ballot Hall of Famer, Thurman still gives Garcia the edge in the power department. The two initially faced off in March of 2017. Although Thurman picked up the win relatively easily, he always stood firmly behind his claims that the punches Garcia landed on his shoulders made him unable to lift his arm for a week. So, even with the constant punishment he withstood at the hands of Pacquiao, Thurman still gives Garcia the edge in punching power. “Pacquiao does hit hard, he hits fast but as a welterweight, it’s not the hardest punch I’ve ever felt. It’s the hardest punch I’ve ever felt coming from a little guy like Pacquiao. But Danny Garcia, the way he plants his feet, the way he develops tork into his punches, he’s not even a real welterweight and to me, he was the hardest hitting welterweight that I faced.” The post Keith Thurman Compares The Punching Power Of Danny Garcia To Manny Pacquiao: “Nobody Hit Like Danny” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman Compares The Punching Power Of Danny Garcia To Manny Pacquiao: “Nobody Hit Like Danny”

By: Hans Themistode

Keith Thurman believes his time on the shelf is slowly but surely coming to an end. The former unified welterweight titlist is back in the gym and working hard to return to form. Recently, rumors surfaced of a possible rematch between Thurman and long-time rival, Shawn Porter. In 2016, Thurman edged out a close unanimous decision victory between the pair.

Whether their showdown comes to fruition or not is yet to be seen but at the moment, Thurman is focused on the biggest fight in the welterweight division that is set to take place in just a few short months when Manny Pacquiao takes on current unified champion Errol Spence Jr.

Having gone toe to toe with Pacquiao in July of 2019, Thurman knows exactly what it feels like to be on the other end of the former eight-division world champions punches. Considering that Thurman went down from a punch in the opening round to Pacquiao for only the second time in his career and was hurt on multiple occasions, he wholeheartedly respects how hard Pacquiao hits. With that said, he isn't the biggest puncher he's ever faced.

“Nobody hit like Danny (Garcia),” said Thurman during an interview with FightHype.com “He felt like a big brick, Pacquiao felt like a little brick. Now the weird part is that Pacquiao’s hands just felt heavy. After the fight, I was like why did his fist feel so hard in the fight? I could handle it but I was thinking does he do certain training? Does he have more bone density in his hands? Did they do some Asian stuff? What did they do?”

As Thurman paused for a moment to reminisce of his back and forth battle with Pacquiao that ultimately resulted in the first defeat of his career, the Florida native believes he understands why Pacquiao hit so hard.

"I was looking at a picture that my dad framed up at his house, he took a picture of me and Pac trading body blows. When I looked at the picture, I noticed that Pacquiao wore those old-school Mexican Reyes gloves. Back when me and Ben Getty (Thurman’s old trainer who passed away) was knocking everybody out, we always wore those Mexican Reyes gloves. What would it have felt like for Pacquiao if I would've worn those Reyes?”

In the end, Thurman’s question is likely to never be answered as the two continue to go in opposite directions. Still, despite what he deems as unfinished business and regardless of how much respect he has for the hard-hitting future first ballot Hall of Famer, Thurman still gives Garcia the edge in the power department.

The two initially faced off in March of 2017. Although Thurman picked up the win relatively easily, he always stood firmly behind his claims that the punches Garcia landed on his shoulders made him unable to lift his arm for a week. So, even with the constant punishment he withstood at the hands of Pacquiao, Thurman still gives Garcia the edge in punching power.

“Pacquiao does hit hard, he hits fast but as a welterweight, it’s not the hardest punch I’ve ever felt. It’s the hardest punch I’ve ever felt coming from a little guy like Pacquiao. But Danny Garcia, the way he plants his feet, the way he develops tork into his punches, he’s not even a real welterweight and to me, he was the hardest hitting welterweight that I faced.”

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