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Pacquiao shoved aside?


I was expecting that should Errol Spence Jr. win over Shawn Porter this weekend to unify the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight (147 pounds) titles, our very own Manny Pacquiao would figure in a bout with Spence.

Well, that is not the case.

Spence (26-0 with 21 knockouts) had to draw on his reserves to beat a roughhousing Porter (30-3-1 with 17 KOs) via split decision over the weekend, perhaps disappointing some fight fans who expected a convincing decision or a stoppage.

Spence was the bigger fighter at 5’9.5” and kept his unblemished record.

Pacquiao (62-7-2 with 39 KOs) is just coming off an impressive decision win over Keith Thurman (29-1 with 22 KOs) and was expected to fight the victor of the Spence-Porter showdown. Pacquiao collared the World Boxing Association (WBA) “super” welterweight title to add to the regular WBA title he currently holds.

But suddenly, the name of Danny Garcia (35-2 with 21 KOs) cropped up as Spence’s next opponent. Promoter Al Haymon surely has a hand in this.

I have nothing against Garcia facing Spence and that bout should have taken place one to two years ago.

There is nothing much at stake for Spence in so far as a world title is concerned if he beats Garcia, since Garcia only holds the WBC “silver” welterweight title. But a win over Garcia will add to the list of top welterweights that Spence has beaten. Before beating Crawford, Spence scored a lopsided decision win over four-division champion Mikey Garcia (no relation to Danny) in March.

And maybe after Spence beats Garcia, a bout with Pacquiao could be in the offing.

So, we could possibly conclude now Spence-Garcia could be an appetizer for a bigger bout with Pacquiao, obviously with Spence hopefully squaring off eventually with the Filipino.

And from the scenarios are unfolding, things are being perpetrated to make Spence the top dog in the 147-pound division and also force another promising welterweight, Terrence Crawford (35-0 with 26 KOs), to eventually face Spence.

Now a three-division champion and currently the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, Crawford is just coming off a strange stoppage win over Amir Khan (34-5 with 21 KOs) in April. Khan was hit below the belt and was forced to quit the bout, which he found debatable.

Thurman can also add to the mix, or he could be lined up against Spence if the unified welterweight champion wins over Garcia.

As for Pacquiao, anyone who fights with him is usually guaranteed a fat paycheck, which means he could never just be pushed aside in the ongoing clashes among the top welterweights. Unless he announces his retirement soon.

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