Boxing: Errol Spence Jr hints at Manny Pacquiao fight


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American star Errol Spence Jr successfully defended his IBF world welterweight title against undefeated challenger Mikey Garcia on Saturday night before it was revealed he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao.

Spence Jr defended his strap for the third time in a row and was able to handle Garcia with ease, with the latter having stepped up two weight classes.

Garcia took a beating through the 12 rounds, with some questioning his corner for not pulling him out.

He never touched the canvas, but was outclassed throughout at the AT&T Stadium in Texas. Spence Jr improved to 25-0 after all three judges awarded him every round and he was pleased with his performance.

He said: “Throughout training camp, a lot of commentators thought he was too smart and I couldn’t box as well as him. I showed I can box and I can move my head if I want to.

“The game is to be smart. It’s the sweet science. I had the size and reach advantage, so why not use it to take away the jab? It’s a weapon for me and it takes away one of his weapons.

“The motivation fighting in front of my hometown crowd made me feel great. These people have supported me since day one and I wanted to put on a good performance for all of them.”

Pacquiao was ringside for the fight and, after entering the ring afterwards, confirmed an interest in a potential fight.

When asked about the bout, the Filipino told reporters: “I am looking at the winner of this fight. Spence wants to fight me. I am hoping to be back here, soon.”

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