Manny Pacquiao has hinted at a plan for this year, which might be the last of his career.
The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer wants to fight MMA star Conor McGregor and possibly Errol Spence Jr. or Terence Crawford, according to a report published by the Filipino outlet BusinessMirror.
Pacquiao, 42, hasn’t fought since he outpointed Keith Thurman to win a welterweight title in August 2019.
“They’re my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA (mixed martial artist),” said Pacquiao, referring to McGregor. “I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino COVID-19 victims.”
Pacquiao would be an underdog against Spence, a fellow 147-pound titleholder. However, he evidently saw at least one vulnerability in the Dallas fighter’s victory over Danny Garcia last month, his first fight since a horrific car accident in 2019.
“Spence is slower than Thurman but it’s going to be a good fight,” Pacquiao said.
Said Sean Gibbons, MP Promotions President: “I think Spence lost a step from the accident. It’s a difficult fight but I think, yes [Pacquiao would defeat Spence].”
McGregor, scheduled to face Dustin Poirier in UFC 257 on Jan. 23, has fought once as a boxer. He was stopped by Floyd Mayweather in the 10th round in 2017.