“That’s My Mandatory”- Terence Crawford Teases a Fight With Shawn Porter

Published 12/25/2020, 6:30 AM EST
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)


WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is looking for a matchup against Shawn Porter in 2021 if Errol Spence Jr. and Manny Pacquiao avoid him for an in-ring collision.

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‘Bud’ has been teasing a fight against ‘Pac-Man’ and ‘The Truth’ for a brief period. That said, the Terence Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr. fight is also being touted as one of the biggest welterweight clashes in recent times.

However, it might not happen anytime soon. Following a long layoff, Spence Jr. returned to the ring against Danny Garcia and unveiled a sensational win via decision.

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Meanwhile, ‘Bud’ ruled out inactivity as he eyed a fight against ‘Showtime’ Porter in 2021. Since Shawn Porter is the WBO mandatory challenger, it earned him a spot to challenge Crawford.

Speaking with Therealayeverb, Crawford opened up about the upcoming year, citing his possible future in the division. When asked about facing Porter, Crawford said, “Of course, that’s my mandatory.”

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)

He added, “If he (Porter) exercises his mandatory and goes to the WBO and says, ‘I need that fight’, then that fight will have to happen unless I have other obligations with a unification.”

No ‘Pac-Man’ or ‘The Truth’ for Terence Crawford?

Well, Pacquiao doesn’t seem to be in a rush to chart a course to the boxing ring anytime soon. Similarly, Spence Jr. hasn’t hinted at facing Crawford in recent times either.

Additionally, the WBO champion has had a tough time with his promoter Bob Arum. So, 2021 still looks clumsy for ‘Bud’.

He might not want to put his possible fights at stake any further and had a coherent response to the boxing fans and matchmakers.

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Speaking on a possible fight with Porter, ‘Bud’ added, “The only fight that can trump that is a unification fight. So, if I don’t get Errol Spence or Manny Pacquiao, then I will have to fight Shawn Porter.”

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Terence Crawford defeats Felix Diaz by RTD in the 10th round during their Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on May 20th, 2017 in New York City. Crawford in victory. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

It further intensifies the welterweight tale, with so many elite matchups on the line. While 2020 paved the way for those matchups, it’s time to seal them in the coming year.

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Do you think Terence Crawford will get a fight against Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao?

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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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