“I Wish the Best for Terence Crawford”- Errol Spence Jr. Gives Respect To ‘Bud’ Before Facing Manny Pacquiao

Published 08/05/2021, 1:30 AM EDT


Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, the undefeated 147 lbs world champions, have been bitter foes for a brief period. Although they are yet to meet inside the ring, the welterweight kingpins have constantly touted themselves superior to the other. That said, they could have fought in a potential title unification bout this year.

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However, as their respective promoters couldn’t settle a deal, Spence Jr. had to carry forward with a blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao. This will take place on August 21. It left Crawford without a viable contender in sight until WBO ordered him to defend the belt against Shawn Porter.

Meanwhile, WBC/IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. doesn’t seem to hold grudges against ‘Bud’ any longer. In a recent media interaction, ‘The Truth’ addressed his views on Crawford and gave respect to his fellow American pugilist.

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Spence Jr. said, “No, I wish the best for Terence Crawford. I don’t hate on another athlete — especially a Black athlete. I feel like there’s enough people hating on us. I’ve got nothing but respect for Terence Crawford.” (h/t Boxing Scene)

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Although Terence Crawford and Spence Jr. have received their next official fights, the potential unification bout can still happen. On winning their respective matchups, which is highly possible, fans will again put the welterweight champions opposite each other on the charts.

Once they surpass their nearing tests, it would leave very few options for them in the division other than locking horns. Hence, there are still sheer possibilities regarding its fruition.

Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford- Who has the higher position?

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Both the unbeaten world titlists are at the top of their respective positions. But it’s ‘The Truth’ who seems to have bagged the better deal. While he has already beaten Shawn Porter, who might be Crawford’s next opponent, Manny Pacquiao seems a profitable matchup for Spence Jr. A win over the Filipino legend can take Errol Spence Jr. to new heights of success.

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Simultaneously, it can be an easier challenge for Spence Jr. Despite all the legacy and skills, Pacquiao’s age and hiatus from the ring cite an advantage in favor of the American boxer. So, Errol Spence Jr. can look forward to an easy payday and edge ahead in the welterweight G.O.A.T. debate.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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