Two of the world’s greatest boxers, Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr., are set to face this coming August in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two champions announced the match on social media last Friday. This fight is the 42-year-old Pacquiao’s first since he defeated Keith Thurman for the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title last July 2019. This layoff is by far the longest in Pacquiao’s boxing career.

Spence Jr., a 31-year-old from Long Island, New York, brings a record of 0 loss and 27 wins with 21 via knockout. The undefeated American boxer confirmed the fight on Instagram saying, “Done deal! See y’all in Vegas for the biggest fight of the year.” Spence is returning to keep the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) belts from a victory over Danny Garcia in December last year. The fight was also Spence’s first since a car accident in 2019 that brought him to the intensive care unit. Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, said that Pacquiao will never flinch from fighting real fights, especially now with Spence who is believed as the best welterweight in the world. Gibbons added that the fight crafted immediately, pointing out that Spence was the only opponent for the eight-division world champion.