What's Next For Manny Pacquiao?; Betting Odds Favor Errol Spence Jr. As His Next Opponent

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The 40-year-old Pacquiao prevailed over unbeaten champion Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) after 12 exciting rounds to capture the WBA welterweight title in an instant classic at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last Saturday.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) recorded a knockdown in the first round on a beautiful right hook that changed the complexion of the fight. With the win, Pac-Man became the oldest welterweight in boxing history to claim any of the recognized titles.

Manny Pacquiao By The Numbers

71 pro fights

62 wins

39 knockouts

Only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing

Won a world title in his teens, 20s, 30s and 40s

Lineal champion in five different weight classes

After the fight, Pacquiao planned to return to his home in the Philippines to attend the opening of the 18th Congress and the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, as part of his senatorial duties but unfortunately he didn’t make it back in time, although he hopes to participate in other important Senate functions this week.

Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, told the media Sunday that he failed to get his doctor’s clearance to fly back to Manila right after Saturday’s fight.

Manny Pacquiao plans to watch the upcoming Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter welterweight unification bout and he will likely face the winner in 2020, although his win may have helped him set up a big-money rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired in 2017 after defeating Conor McGregor via 10th-round TKO.

Mayweather has said he is happy in retirement but he flirted with the concept of coming back last year and he knocked out Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa during an exhibition bout in December 2018 for a reported $9 million, so he might not be completely against climbing back into the ring for the right price.

Manny Pacquiao’s Next Opponent
(Courtesy of BetOnline)

Errol Spence Jr. -150

Amir Khan +250

Shawn Porter +300

Terence Crawford +500

Mikey Garcia +1200

Keith Thurman +2000

Floyd Mayweather Jr. +2000

Adrien Broner +8000

Conor McGregor +10000