BREAKING: Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford Fight is Off the Cards

Published 04/24/2021, 1:34 AM EDT
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)


A few days back, the teased contest between Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford sent shock waves in the boxing world. This welterweight title fight was targeted for June 5 in Abu Dhabi. But with recent reports, it seems the bout between the two won’t come to fruition.

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Recently, Mike Coppinger took it to his official Twitter handle to shed some light on why this fight abruptly fell through.

He wrote, “Sources: The proposed Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford welterweight title fight, pegged for June 5, appears all but dead after the funding from Abu Dhabi investors never came through. Crawford, at long last, would have finally landed an elite opponent. Now the wait continues.

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The fight fans were in a frenzy to see this duo take up the ring space. Even before getting official, the proposed fight had already garnered vast attention for obvious reasons.

The Filippino Senator Manny Pacquiao didn’t compete for the whole of 2020, and he was rooting for an enigmatic return to the ring. Citing the same, no one better than Terence Crawford could have offered him an exemplary in-ring test.

‘Pacman’ last fought Keith Thurman in July 2019 and emerged victorious in this epic encounter. On the other side, Crawford kept himself pretty active in comparison to Pacquiao and defended his WBO welterweight title four times in the last three years.

Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford – will this fight ever happen?

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There have been countless eye-catchy fights in the 147-pound landscape, however, a fight between Pacquiao and Crawford would have been one of its kind.

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Even the duo’s promoter, Bob Arum, asserted on the rolling out this fight in the biggest way possible. But he also added that if the Pacquiao vs Crawford fight doesn’t happen, he will look forward to putting Shawn Porter in front of the ‘Bud’. Despite this, there’s no official confirmation on Pacquiao’s bout with Crawford getting canceled.

Hence, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out in the next few days. What do you make of this entire scenario between ‘Pacman’ Manny Pacquiao and ‘Bud’ Terence Crawford?

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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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