KEY POINTS

  • Manny Pacquiao feels the long break made him feel rejuvenated 
  • Pacquiao knows he has nothing to prove against Errol Spence Jr.
  • Cam F. Awesome lauds Pacquiao for taking care of his body

Manny Pacquiao has tirelessly made the most out of his life both inside and outside the boxing ring.

This is the reason why decorated boxer Cam F. Awesome looks up to him and feels he has plenty of years ahead of him.

Pacquiao is all set to face Errol Spence Jr. on August 21, ironically another boxing champion that Awesome thinks highly of.

At 42 years old, the Filipino boxing icon admits that the 25-month break caused by the pandemic allowed him to take a much-needed break since becoming a professional boxer in 1995, Boxingscene reported.

“It's good for me because I've been boxing since I was 12 years old without a break. It just happened to be a pandemic, and I had a chance to have a break,” Pacquiao stated.

The last time he fought was in July 2019 when he won via split decision over Keith Thurman.

After going through a wide selection of opponents for his next fight, the boxer-turned-politician ended up choosing Spence.

For Pacquiao, he is aware that he has barely anything to prove against the 31-year-old champion.

“This [fight against Spence] is not about to prove [anything]. I've already proved my abilities in boxing. Boxing is my passion. I love to fight and entertain people,” he stated.

When asked if this would be his final fight, Pacquiao stressed that it would be hard to say.

For now, Pacquiao shared that he is just taking it one fight at a time.

"It's hard to say if this could be my final fight. It could be. One at a time, right now,” Pacquiao stated. “I love to work out… The secret is discipline and hard work. Boxing is not only training.”

It is for this reason why Pacquiao has gotten a lot of admirers, including Awesome.

In an interview on the Sports For All PH podcast with Filipino journalists Vincent Juico and Brian Yalung together with pro boxer Rica Aquino, the 32-year-old explained why there is reason to believe that Pacquiao will continue lacing up a pair of gloves beyond his ring showdown with Spence.

“Manny Pacquiao, I haven't seen a picture of him overweight in all my life. He has been taking care of his body. That man is a machine. So yeah, someone may say he is 42 but he ain’t no 42,” Awesome stated.

“On top of that, I love Manny Pacquiao, he is not really a boxer. He does all these different things. Boxing is just one of the things that he does. And as a person who views the person in the same way, that is why he is one of my favorite fighters because fighting is not the main thing he does. That’s why I love him."

Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr Photo: Getty Images | Michael Owens