Pacquiao-Crawford in the works

April 26, 2020
Manny Pacquiao

VETERAN boxing matchmaker Bob Arum once upon a time said that the Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford fight would never be seen.

After a few years, Arum is now exploring the possibility of finally setting-up a tasty Pacquiao-Crawford welterweight title unification slugfest.

Arum has recently talked to Crawford and his manager-trainer Brian Mclntyre about the fight. He noted that both Pacquiao and Crawford would want to go ahead with the fight.

The world, according to Arum,  is different from what it was at the end of January, mid-February, and everyone has to see what it will look like after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 88-year-old Arum said that it would be great if the economics for the fight work, which would have happened if not for the coronavirus crisis.

Arum believes that Crawford (36-0, 27 knockouts) would win against Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), but considers it as a more competitive fight knowing that the eight-time Filipino world champion has beaten Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner, and Keith Thurman in succession.

Although he would bet for Crawford, Arum now thinks that Pacquiao has a good chance and the fight will be an entertaining once since the 41-year old Philippine senator seems to be dedicated again.

He added he has had the same situation before, where boxers become a little bit older, but still has the same skills as before and mentioned about George Foreman winning the heavyweight title at the age of 45.

Despite Pacquiao's success since mid-2018, the 32-year-old Omaha, Nebraska native is tipped to prevail over Pacquiao.

Putting together Pacquiao-Crawford are at tentative talks and to make the event happen, Arum said the fight should be outside of the United States, and outside of the Philippines.

Arum stated that if the site fee were large enough, a Pacquiao-Crawford fight could happen without fans attending the event outside US. He did not mention possible foreign sites for what would be.

If somebody was willing to put up a big site fee, and do it without fans for the publicity, Arum believes then the event might work, or maybe do the event with fans, but doing it with social distancing, which he has been exploring.

Pacquiao and Arum parted ways after the Filipino ring icon suffered a shock loss to the Australian Jeff Horn in July 2017, but the WBA welterweight champion seemingly is willing to work with his quondam promotor to bring in the Crawford fight.

For Crawford, a showdown with Pacquiao would secure him a high-profile welterweight status he has strived for since the WBO champion moved from the 140-pound division two years ago.