Errol Spence Jr returns to action this weekend in his latest IBF world title defense against Ocampos in his home State of Texas.
A lot has been made about hometown fighters not being built up in their hometown anymore but this weekend Errol Spence Jr has bucked that trend with an expected capacity crowd in his home State of Texas.
That tells you all you need to know about his ticket selling ability and likability by those from his home town.
One man who has personified this over the years, at a national level no less, is of course legendary Filipino boxer Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao.
A national icon in his country who is now a congressman.
It is said that when Pacquiao fights crime literally stops in his home country.
Speaking to Fight Hype, Spence pointed out similar to his own fights when he’s back in Texas:
“I do it like Pacquiao did, when he fights there is no crime! (laughs). Everywhere will be safe (here in Texas).”
Spence boxes live on Showtime this weekend as he looks to continue to build towards more unification bouts in the welterweight division.
If Pacquiao were to beat Matthysse next month (and the capture WBA title in doing so), no doubt a unification fight with him will be something Spence will be interested in.