Terence Crawford has been working hard to secure a big-name opponent for his next bout. Most reports claim he’ll be taking on Manny Pacquiao. Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, is now indicating that Crawford and Pacquiao will be fighting overseas at some point this year.
This will likely end up being one of the biggest fights in years. Terence Crawford is one of the best pound-for-pound boxers alive right now and Manny Pacquaio is a living legend in the sport. Today, we’ll talk about when and where this exciting clash could come together.
Let’s get into it!
Manny Pacquaio’s Time in Boxing is Coming to an End
It’s amazing to see Manny Pacquiao still competing at the highest level of boxing. He turned professional back in 1995 in the Philippines. Over the next few decades, he became one of the most legendary boxers to ever compete.
Pacquiao seemed to enter his fighting prime in 2008 when he recorded wins over fighters such as Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Shane Mosley. Two-straight losses in 2012 led many to believe that his career as a boxer was finally over.
This did not turn out to be the case. Manny has continued to fight over the years and is now riding a three-fight win streak over legitimate competition. His most recent victory came in a decision victory over former champion Keith Thurman.
There is no doubt that Manny’s time in the sport is coming to an end, though. He’s now 42 years old and has taken some serious punishment throughout his time in the sport of boxing. Manny is now looking for the biggest possible fights to end his career.
Fans have been trying to debate who the best opponent for Manny is. For a time, it seemed as if he’d take on MMA star Conor McGregor. Terence Crawford still sits at the top of most fan’s lists. He’s undefeated and is widely considered to be one of the best boxers alive.
These two men have been in negotiations to compete for months. This week, he heard more about where this massive clash could finally come together.
Bob Arum Talks About the Location for Crawford and Pacquiao to Fight
Bob Arum has helped to put together some of the biggest boxing events in history. Top Rank is one of the biggest promotions in boxing and is the current home of Terence Crawford. The relationship between Arum and Crawford hasn’t been perfect, yet both want to make as much money as possible.
Manny Pacquiao is clearly the opponent to make the most money. This week, Arum spoke about where Crawford and Pacquiao could end up fighting. He claims that an overseas location seems the most-likely right now.
“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,” Arum said recently. “Obviously, it’s more money for Terence. Terence would prefer a Pacquiao fight than anyone else… Yeah, we’re going to see what happens, and we’ll know this week whether Pacquiao-Crawford can happen. I think Crawford-Spence would do extraordinary good numbers, but Pacquiao-Crawford has more money in it because of a site fee that distorts everything.”
It seems that someone is willing to pay a huge amount of money to host the Crawford vs. Pacquiao fight. We’ve seen this happen many times in recent years. The Joshua vs. Ruiz rematch, for example, took place in Saudi Arabia due to the huge money that was paid to host the fight there.
Saudi Arabia seems like a possible location for the fight between Terence and Manny. This country has been working hard to host big fights recently. If the money is right, all of the parties involved with this fight will likely be open for it.
Nothing has been made official so far. There’s always a chance that Terence Crawford ends up booked against a completely different opponent. We’ll be sure to offer updates over the next few weeks.
There’s Still Time to Bet on Canelo vs. Yildirim Online!
The welterweight division in boxing is stacked right now. This is far from the only exciting weight class in the sport, though. Canelo Alvarez is currently dominating throughout the middleweight and super middleweight divisions.
This weekend, Canelo will step back into the ring against Avni Yildirim. It should be an amazing clash between these two power punchers. BetOnline, one of the best online sportsbooks in the world, is now offering odds on this matchup.
It’s not a shock to see Canelo Alvarez listed as the -5000 favorite. He’s one of boxing’s best fighters and has an extremely diverse skill set. Most analysts expect him to get a stoppage win in this bout early.
Avni Yildirim has nothing to lose in this bout. He’s the +1600 underdog for good reason. His most recent bout was a loss against a fighter far from Canelo’s level. Anything is possible, yet this will be an extremely difficult fight for Avni to win.
There are several big fights taking place over the next few months. It now seems that we will see Crawford and Pacquiao fighting sometime this summer. Expect a location announcement to be made soon.
Do you want to see Terence and Manny fight this year? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments section below!
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