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Errol Spence Jr reveals motivation for his career, calls out biggest name in boxing

Errol Spence Jr. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/PBC

There was a time when WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) yearned to be at the top of the mythical pound-for-pound list.

Not any more.

Ahead of his highly anticipated four-belt unification bout against WBO counterpart Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 39-0 (30) scheduled for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29, the 33-year-old Texan southpaw revealed what his motivations are now to keep boxing.

“It used to mean a lot more to me back when I was younger,” Spence said to ES News. “But right now it’s more about legacy. It’s more about getting a huge payday.”

Spence will certainly have his hands full against crafty switch-hitter Crawford, who boasts beautiful footwork, great punch selection and timing, along with a killer instinct when he has his opponent hurt.

The 35-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, who has won world championships in three separate weight classes including unifying all four major world titles at junior welterweight, knows this is a legacy fight too.

The winner of the bout will go up in the estimation of every fight fan, making the stakes even higher.

But this bout is about more than just legacy for Spence.

“At the end of the day you see a lot of fighters, even in the Hall of Fame, either they die broke or they were broke when they got into the Hall of Fame,” Spence continued.

“With me it’s all about financial literacy and just making sure that I’m a hundred percent on point with my finances, so when it’s all said and done, I can retire peacefully (and) still be able to take care of my kids, still be able to do the things that I’ve been doing while I’m boxing.”

Negotiations for the fight initially fell apart before both boxers decided to deal directly with each other to nut out the deal. It was an unusual approach, but it worked.

“I’m truly excited to be a part of the biggest fight in boxing and the best welterweight matchup of the century,” said Spence.

“Terence Crawford is a great fighter. Our styles are going to make for a great fight. I told him and the world what I would do after I captured my first welterweight title. It’s been strap season ever since.

“On July 29, I’m going to perform tremendously and become the undisputed king of the welterweight division.

“This will truly be a night to remember, one where history is made. I want everyone to be a part of it.”

But Spence’s ambitions don’t end there. He says he is willing to jump up three weight classes to face the biggest name in boxing, undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39).

“We’re not thinking about Canelo right now, but if the fight comes on the table, I’d definitely take that fight,” Spence said on social media.

“165-168 is more my natural weight and it would be a lot easier for me to make, so I’d definitely take that fight.”