DESPITE a forthcoming match with undefeated German Sebasian Formella, former world welterweight champ Shawn Porter is still hoping to battle reigning World Boxing Association welterweight kingpin Manny Pacquiao someday.
“I’m confident that I would beat him (Pacquiao) in a fight. We’ve seen in the past where a great fighter comes along and beats a fighter that was great. That’s what would happen,” boasted Porter, an ex-International Boxing Federation welterweight titlist, in a video posted by fighthype.com on Wednesday (Tuesday in the US).
With a record of 30 wins, 17 by knockout, against three losses and one draw, Porter, 32, will face Formella, 33, who is unbeaten in 22 matches, spiked by 10 knockouts, this weekend.
The German holds the lightly-regarded International Boxing Organization welterweight belt.
Ranged against the likely German pushover, it is no wonder that Porter’s musings would include fighting the Filipino lawmaker, who, at 41, is nine years older, and the possible big money involved.
“There’s a lot of history there with myself and Manny Pacquiao,” explained Porter. “If you look at us fighters in the welterweight division, we are the most exciting. You know what’s going to happen when Shawn Porter steps into the ring and Manny Pacquiao. We never disappoint.”
The Las Vegas native admitted that his aspirations were merely wishful thinking at the moment because “that’s on Manny and his team. He’s earned the right to do what he wants to do.”