Bob Arum: I’d Love To Make Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford Fight
Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford will both need to come through fights before 2016 is out for it to happen. But what a potentially mouth watering fight to look forward to in 2017.
In many ways it would be a modern dream fight for fans of both fighters.
Pacquiao is currently readying himself for a WBO welterweight title showdown with Jessie Vargas on November 5th and Terence Crawford is expected to have a very credible opponent announced for December 10th soon.
But should both men come through the fight their mutual promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank told ESPN First Take:
“The thing I like about a Pacquiao-Crawford fight is that it would probably be held at 140lbs which is a more natural weight for Manny Pacquiao. He’s really not a 147 pounder (welterweight) although he has been campaigning as one for years. Crawford is a sensational fighter but Crawford on December 10th will have a major fight.”
“He gets by that fight and Manny beats Vargas, I’d love to make a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford.”
In some regards it would also represent the classic old lion vs young lion story.
Currently, Pacquiao is balancing training a full-time political job as Senator of his home country while training around the job ahead of the Vargas boxing showdown.
If he wins and a Crawford fight was put together, you’d have to think that Pacquiao couldn’t continue such a training schedule ahead of what would be a considerable (to put it mildly) task in Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford.