Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford: Is It Really the Fight to Make?

Published 02/22/2021, 7:00 AM EST


A welterweight showdown between former champion, Manny Pacquiao, and current champion, Terence Crawford, has had people’s interest for a long time. However, the rumors of the matchup faded away with time.

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Pacquiao reignited the talks by teasing a possible return against ‘Bud’ and demanded around $40 million from the promoters. The contest may seem bizarre to several fans, considering the lack of relevancy from the ongoing title ride. But, Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford would still be a blockbuster and an alluring contest for the combat community.

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None of the sides has officially confirmed the fight. However, it might be the right time to stage the elites against each other and several factors can make it the perfect welterweight clash of all time.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford- No opponents, No Problem

Crawford recently defended his WBO 147 lbs strap by taking out Kell Brook in November and is still to find a relevant contender. While Errol Spence Jr, is touted as the best feasible option for Crawford, ‘The Truth’ seems to have walked away from the offer. So, it leaves Crawford with no big-name opponent for his next fight.

ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 18: Terence Crawford celebrates after beating Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico in the sixth round in their WBO Jr. Welterweight Title Bout on April 18, 2015 at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao has been gearing up for an in-ring return. But, due to lack of opponents, he had to look into Conor McGregor and Ryan Garcia as viable options. If Terence Crawford agrees to fight him, nothing can be better than that.

A clash for the title and legacy

Due to inactivity, ‘Pac-Man’ has recently been stripped of his WBA welterweight title, which he earned in 2019. So, a fight against Crawford will allow him to get his hands on the WBO belt. Meanwhile, it would also help popularize ‘Bud’ among casual fans.

Terence Crawford, 37-0, undoubtedly has one of the best resumes in boxing. Thus, he can risk his clean record to test himself against the only octuple world champion of the sport.

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Bob Arum wants to see Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford

The contractual turmoils have hampered a lot of fantasy fights in boxing. But, in this case, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has given the green signal. In interaction with Barbershop Conversations, Arum has claimed that Errol Spence Jr. is ducking Terence Crawford. That said, he has billed Manny Pacquiao as a potential replacement and has shed light on his recent talks with ‘Pac-Man’.

“He (Kenny Porter) came to our office two weeks ago to talk about a Crawford-Porter fight, and then out of nowhere the idea of a tremendous site fee, a possibility of doing Pacquiao-Crawford came up,” said Arum.

He added, “Obviously it’s more money for Terence (Crawford). Terence would prefer a Pacquiao fight more than anyone else. Yeah, we are going to see what happens.” (h/t Boxing News 24)

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The mega welterweight clash has everything in store. Big names, PPV numbers, and the ability to be a blockbuster. While Manny Pacquiao has already entered the dusk of his career, it’s the perfect point to bring him up against Crawford.

Or else, akin to so many fantasy clashes of the past we may never see the fight happen

Do you want to see Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford?

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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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