Bob Arum Teases Massive Fight Announcement for Terence Crawford: Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, or Shawn Porter Might Fight “Bud” Next

Published 03/30/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Terence Crawford defeats Felix Diaz by RTD in the 10th round during their Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on May 20th, 2017 in New York City. Crawford in victory. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


The WBO welterweight king, Terence Crawford, is finally set to return to the ring for a mighty 12-round bout. The ‘Bud’ hasn’t competed professionally since November 2020, but it seems his comeback fight will be worth the wait.

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His promoter, Bob Arum, recently spoke to Barbershop Conversations on Crawford’s upcoming bout.

This is a big deal, this is not just any old fight,” said Arum. (h/t Michael Benson)

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Crawford is one of the biggest fighters in Arum’s Top Rank Promotions. He brings in countless eyeballs through all his fights. And consequently, Arum now wishes to align the latter with a worthy opponent.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Terence Crawford defeats Felix Diaz by RTD in the 10th round during their Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on May 20th, 2017 in New York City. Crawford in the his corner. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

A few weeks back, Arum claimed that he’ll look to align the Filippino Senator Manny Pacquiao or Shawn Porter with Crawford in his next outing.

Looking at a wider picture of the welterweight division, it seems Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Manny Pacquiao might be at the top of the contention to confront Terence Crawford.

Either of them will matchup exuberantly well against the undefeated welterweight champ. But the Top Rank supremo had a substantial inclination towards the ‘Pacman’ vs Crawford fight. However, if this matchup doesn’t come through, he will then look for any other stout contender for ‘Bud’.

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Terence Crawford vs Manny Pacquiao – a classic welterweight matchup

Crawford and Pacquiao both rank among the top welterweights of this generation. The boxing fraternity has seen the capabilities of both these pugilists ever since their first stepping to the ring.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Also, ‘Pacman’ might unquestionably be in the final stepping of his career and he will look forward to taking any and every magnetic challenge on his way.

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The Pacquiao vs Crawford fight will not only be important to Pacquiao but also Crawford, who wishes to leave a legacy behind.

This matchup lures the fans and fighters around the world, and it will be intriguing to see if the duo takes up the ring space.

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Who would you like to see Crawford take on next? On a scale of 1-10, how much does the Pacquiao vs Crawford matchup excite you?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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