“It’s a Bad Fight for Pacquiao” – Mike Tyson’s Ex-Coach Previews Terence Crawford vs. Manny Pacquiao

Published 04/12/2021, 6:00 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)


Former eight-division titleholder, Manny Pacquiao, is rumored to return against current WBO champion, Terence Crawford, in a high-voltage championship bout. The Filipino Senator has remained inactive since his win over Keith Thurman in 2019, ultimately losing his right to the WBA welterweight title.

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A fight against Crawford will bring back Pacquiao to the championship ride. However, many believe it will be a bad matchup for the 42-year-old, including Mike Tyson’s former trainer, Teddy Atlas, who has posed his favor for ‘Bud’ over Manny Pacquiao.

Although Atlas backed both men, he still billed Terence Crawford as the best pound-for-pound boxer. He addressed the scenario in his podcast.

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“I think it might be the last fight for Pacquiao. I think it’s a bad fight for Pacquiao. And I hate to see him go out that way. I love both guys, I think Crawford is pound-for-pound right now, the best fighter in the world. I know Canelo is up there, I know Spence is up there. For me, I have Crawford,” said Teddy Atlas.

The veteran trainer also reflected light on Crawford’s variant fighting style and validated his claims.

Atlas continued, “I mean we can only go by where we feel, what our taste is. For me, it’s Crawford. He can fight inside, outside. He carried his power, he went up all these weight classes. Three weight classes, I believe. He carried his power, he got great trainers. As I said, he knows how to control distances, he knows how to shorten up his game, and go in there and throw short punches.”

Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford- Overlook of the matchup

There’s no denying, both ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘Bud’ (WBO champion) are two of the greatest elites of the modern era. Both men have run across different weight classes and have donned world titles.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Terence Crawford poses during the weigh-in for his welterweights fight against Amir Khan of the United Kingdom at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Terence Crawford is the undefeated boxer between the two, but Pacquiao is a 25-year veteran and the only pugilist in the world to have won world titles at eight distinct weight classes. Nevertheless, the Filipino Senator would fall short in height and reach, and it can be a pivotal part of the entire collision.

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An elite southpaw in Crawford would seemingly catch Pacquiao from any position, and if ‘Pac-Man‘ isn’t at the top of his game, he will go down to ‘Bud’.

What do you make of Teddy Atlas’ comments regarding this potential fight?

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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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