by CESAR PORTILLO
SAN ANTONIO - When Errol Spence Jr defends his IBF welterweight title against Mikey Garcia on March 16 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao will likely be at ringside according to multiple reports.
With Floyd Mayweather dragging his feet on a possible rematch with the Filipino icon, Spence's name has been tossed as one of the candidates to fight Pacquiao, who holds the WBA version of the 147-pound crown.
The unbeaten Spence (24-0 with 21 KOs) is heavily favored to beat Garcia who is also unbeaten in 39 bouts with 30 stoppages. Enjoying a three-and-a-half inch in height and four inches in reach, Spence is hoisted as a -450 favorite over Garcia, a plus 350 underdog.
The Spence-Garcia bout is promoted by Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) the giant stable which has 162 fighters in 26 countires. Pacquiao signed with PBC after leaving Top Rank this year.
The Spence-Garcia duel will be broadcast on Fox pay-per-view.