Manny Pacquiao Suggests Terence Crawford Fight Might Be Next

Published 07/18/2021, 5:30 PM EDT


‘Champion-in-recess’ Manny Pacquiao will face the current welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr on August 21st. The Pacman (62-7-2) last fought Keith Thurman in 2019 and Spence (27-0-0) faced Danny Garcia in 2020.

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The athletes were initially fighting for just a unification battle for the IBF and the WBC titles. Later, the Ring Magazine welterweight championship was also put on the line, which has been vacant since 2015.

This came as a surprise to fans as the title is usually put up for grabs between top two division contenders. The Ring Magazine acknowledged that this decision is in line with their policies.

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This decision came because of a matchup failure between Terence Crawford, currently ranked second in the division, and Errol Spence Jr.

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When asked if he would fight Terence Crawford, since he does not want to fight Errol Spence Jr, Pacquiao laughed and replied “one at a time”.

Ahead of his fight on August 21, Manny Pacquiao now has plans to clear out the current top-two contenders in the welterweight division. Pacquiao confirmed he wants to face Terence Crawford after dethroning Spence.

In another interview, boxing’s only eight-division champion clearly said that he would be interested in fighting Crawford as even he is undefeated like Spence.

I thought a Crawford fight would also be good since he’s also undefeated,said Manny Pacquiao.

Will Terence Crawford return to fight Manny Pacquiao?

Terence Crawford last fought and won against Kell Brook in November 2020. The #2 contender announced that he is now chasing a Manny Pacquiao fight. He said that his team was trying to close negotiations for that bout prior to booking Kell Brook.

However, the negotiations did not work out because of the Covid-19 outspread. Crawford added after defeating Brook in 2020 that he will try to lock down a fight with Manny Pacquiao next.

I’m looking to secure a Pacquiao fight you know. We were close to closing the Pacquiao fight prior to this fight but being that Covid you know was getting out of hand, the fans couldn’t attend the fight.

“So now we’re going back to the drawing board and try to revisit the fight with Manny Pacquiao,” said Terence Crawford.

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LAS VEGAS – MARCH 19: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is shown with a cut above his right eye inflicted by Erik Morales of Mexico during the World Super Featherweight Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel on March 19, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Erik Morales of Mexico won 15-13 over Pacquiao by unanimous decision. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Bob Arum suggested that Errol Spence Jr is an easy win for Terence Crawford. A matchup between the #1 and #2 division contenders seems unlikely for now.

However, Crawford’s return fight would largely depend on the outcome of the fight on August 21st. If Pacquiao defeats Spence, the next natural step for him would be to fight the #2 contender. Whom do you want Manny Pacquiao to fight next?

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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