Two of the world’s greatest boxers, Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr., are set to clash this coming 21st of August in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both champs confirmed the bout on social media last Friday. Bringing with him his record of 62 wins with 39 via knockout, this fight is the 42-year-old Pacquiao’s first since he defeated Keith Thurman via split decision for the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title last July 2019 in the same city in Nevada. It is by far the longest hiatus in the eight-division world champion’s boxing career.

31-year-old Spence Jr. from Long Island, New York, who is holding two of the four major belts in the 147-pound division, brings a record of 0 loss and 27 wins with 21 via knockout. The undefeated American boxer confirmed the fight on Instagram with a caption: “Done deal! See y’all in Vegas for the biggest fight of the year.” Spence is returning to grip the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) belts from a victory over Danny Garcia by a unanimous decision in December last year. The fight was also the Long Island native’s first since his Ferrari car crash in 2019 that drove him to the intensive care unit. “Many people believe Spence is the best welterweight in the world and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and Pacquiao has never shied away from fighting real fights,” Sean Gibbons, the president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, said. Gibbons added that the fight converged quickly and that Spence was the only opponent for the future Hall of Famer.