Errol Spence Jr successfully defended his IBF world welterweight title for the third time, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated challenger Mikey Garcia on Saturday night.
For now however, Spence will no doubt enjoy the well earned fruits of his labor after a truly sensational boxing performance tonight.
Pacquiao, 40, the WBA welterweight champion who many believed to be past his prime, could again lay claim to the pound for pound title that he held for several years in his heydays if he is victorious against Spence.
A man on fight week who many were tipping to beat him.
The hard-punching Spence landed 345 of the 1,082 punches (32%) he threw both of those career highs. Spence, a lefty like Pacquiao, however, is a very risky fight for the aging future hall of famer by what he showed Saturday night against Garcia where he displayed his repertoire as a complete fighter exhibiting his power punches, boxing ability and defensive skills to frustrate Garcia. After landing 43 percent of his power punches his previous five punches, he was only 25% (54 of 218) on those against Spence.
Garcia was fighting for the first time since unifying the IBF and WBC lightweight titles with a unanimous decision last July over Robert Easter in Los Angeles.
Former four division champion Adrien Broner is off the hook in his sexual battery case after prosecutors decided there just wasn't enough evidence to prove he grabbed a woman's vagina at an Atlanta area mall. Garcia got plenty of support from the large number of Mexican fans at the fight.
Exactly nine months earlier, Jones and the Cowboys were also there when Spence won his second title defense in the 147-pound division.
Previously undefeated Garcia, 31, suffered his first loss in 40 professional fights.
In other results from the Premier Boxing Champions "Spence vs. Garcia" card, David Benavidez defeated J'Leon Love by technical knockout 1:14 into the second round; Luis Nery toppled McJoe Arroy via corner-stoppage TKO 10 seconds into the fifth round; and Chris Arreola bested Jean Pierre Augustin by TKO 2:30 into the third round.
"Spence wants to fight me", Pacquiao.
Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) enters the ring as the favorite in this matchup and has been dominant of late, knocking out his last 10 opponents. Corbin had won every round on all three scorecards through the seventh.