Manny Pacquiao Reveals Another Possible Opponent After Terence Crawford

Published 03/09/2021, 9:17 AM EST
LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 14: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao will lace up the gloves and return to action soon, as he continues to tout several big matchups. Initially, he was rumored to fight Conor McGregor in a crossover fight. However, news around the matchup faded with time, bringing WBO champion Terence Crawford into the mix.

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Pacquiao vowed to face ‘Bud’ in a welterweight title showdown for a lucrative $40 million offer. However, he has added more names to the mix, including Mikey Garcia. According to Boxing Scene, ‘Pac-Man’ connected with ABS-CBN to shed light on his upcoming plans.

While Garcia has made it to Pacquiao’s hit-list, Terence Crawford is still relevant. The eight-division champion is currently negotiating with Crawford’s team, and with settled terms and conditions, we can see the fight happen.

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‘Pac-Man’ said, “We’re leaning towards Mikey Garcia, but we’re also talking to Crawford. We never really got complacent, we’ve always continuously worked out, We keep on playing basketball aside from boxing. Actually, right after my fight the last time with [Keith] Thurman, I didn’t work out boxing, but I kept playing basketball.”

Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s political role keeps him busy, and we can see him retire after a couple more fights. Following a Hall-of-Fame-worthy career, he doesn’t need to prove his worth anymore.

So, Pacquiao continued, “We will keep on giving, we will continue to help as much as we can, even if it’s just in small ways. I would love to be able to help everyone out, but our resources are limited, so we’ll do the best that we can, no problem.”

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Pacquiao fought his last bout in 2019 and claimed back-to-back wins against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman. He also vowed to defend his title ahead but went silent for a long time. At this stage, Pacquiao can rightfully cherry-pick his opponents.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

But he is still looking for worthy contenders, while several boxers choose to duck them. Although nothing is official as of now, we can still expect ‘Pac-Man’ to return in a massive blockbuster event.

Whom do you think Manny Pacquiao should return against?

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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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