Pacquiao-Porter Would Be Insane Friendly Fire

For those thinking about the perfect bout for Manny Pacquiao’s return, there’s no need to look beyond the challenge of “Showtime” Shawn Porter.

The former two-time world welterweight champ is an honest, earnest fighter who always puts up and honest, earnest effort. An aggressive and scrap-minded battler by nature, the Ohio-born, Las Vegas-residing 32-year-old is a human wrecking ball of a man.

Styles Make Fights

Porter’s preferred style involves just bulling forward and overriding an opponent’s skills with non-stop aggression. This sometimes involves the landing of errant elbows, shoulder, and headbutts. Most opponents do become overwhelmed by the onslaught and those who can keep pace are thrown far off their game plan by an opponent who is not only an untiring beast but also gifted with elite-level athleticism. ¬†Even in defeat, Porter is game and competitive, as evidenced by the only three losses on his resume– close decision defeats to Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, and Kell Brook.

History Together

There’s also the fact that Pacquiao and Porter have history together as the Filipino icon used Porter as a sparring partner on a number of occasions. Porter, who says he always looked up to and admired Manny, also says that their sparring sessions were competitive and that he feels he could beat him.

Porter’s trainer and father, Kenny Porter, feels that Pacquiao-Porter would be an outstanding fight and, because of the history, a natural fit.

“If you could give me the fight that I want, that would make a great show that night? Manny Pacquiao,” Kenny Porter said on Champions Corner, an Instagram Live talk show hosted by Porter’s strength and conditioning coach Larry Wade.

“I would want Manny, too,” Wade added. “Not only because he’s a great fighter and he’s a legend and everybody wants that opportunity to fight a legend, but he’s got history with you guys.”

“And that’s another thing,” Porter continued. “There’s so much in my history that we haven’t even talked about. I worked with Manny Pacquiao twice over in the Philippines for six weeks one time, four weeks another time. I worked with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym for a number of years. We’ve been close for ten years.”

A Sure-Fire War

If Manny and the minds behind his career want a sure-fire classic to capture the hearts and minds of fight fans after boxing gets back to business, a bout with Shawn Porter should be a no-brainer.

Team Porter, though, is not stuck on the idea of getting that Pacquiao opportunity. If a bout with the first-ballot Hall of Famer doesn’t materialize, the focus is also on possible battles with Terence Crawford, Danny Garcia, and a second shot at revising the highly entertaining Errol Spence war.

“All of these guys, when this gate opens back up, we plan on being there, being ready,” The elder Porter said. “Whenever they say we can do it, kick that door in. We’ve already been working.”

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Paul Magno

Paul Magno has over forty years of experience in and around the sport of boxing and has had his hand in everything, from officiating to training. As a writer, his work has appeared in several online publications, including Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, FightHype, Max Boxing,, Inside Fights, The Boxing Tribune, The Queensberry Rules, and Premier Boxing Champions. You can reach him at: [email protected]

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