By Mark Elezaj
Terence Crawford, the WBO welterweight champion who is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing today, is eyeing a potential matchup against Manny Pacquiao and is confident that it could happen.
“We’ve been in contact with Bob [Arum], and Manny and them,” Crawford said Monday on “The Ak And Barak Show.”
“They want the fight. We want the fight. So basically, we’re trying to figure out the money situation. You know, with this pandemic going on right now, it’s kinda hard to put on a big fight and no audience, and not knowing how you’re gonna get your return back. So, you know, we’ve gotta figure out all the details with that first before we can do that.”
Crawford also addressed the fact that the fight will not be happening right away either.
“He can’t even fight right now, you know, so it’s not just me,” Crawford said.
“If that fight presents itself, it’s gonna be more money than I ever made in my career to date, probably. You know, so I think that fight can get made, worked out however it will be. You know, but at the same time, you know, he’s dealing with the same issues that I’m dealing with. Every top fighter is dealing with the same issue. You know, it’s not like I’m the only one dealing with this.
“You know, when you look at all these other fighters and who they gonna fight, how they gonna get paid, you know, that’s the big dilemma right now. The fighters in England and overseas, you know, they can’t come over here to fight, so they stuck over there. So, what about them? You know? So, it’s all messed up right now.”
When asked if he would be willing to wait for the fans to return before he secured a big fight, Crawford responded: “For sure. I’m done risking my health for nothing. I did that for years; I took pay cuts for years just to get to where I am now.
“A lot of people don’t know what I’ve been through with pay cuts and taking this for this and taking this for that. I’ve sacrificed a lot to get to where I am now, more than probably any fighter in the game right now.
“And that’s because I knew where I was heading. I knew that I needed those fights to secure my legacy, becoming undisputed, becoming unified, becoming Ring Magazine champion of two different weight classes.
“You can’t get to that just thinking ‘I need the money’. Sometimes you’ve got to take a little pay cut here to get a certain fighter in the ring.”
Bob Arum said that he is working on a title unification bout between Pacquiao and Crawford. The veteran boxing promoter said that he feels the fight could be held outside the United States with a live audience next year.
“We will be starting June 9 with reaffirmation from Nevada to do boxing events without audiences. Now, for the Pacquiao fight, you have to have an audience because that’s such as a significant portion of the revenue,” said Arum, who spoke to The Manila Times last Thursday.
Being that Crawford and Pacquiao are both champions in the same division, a unification fight between the two seems like a strong possibility.
~ The Fighting Voice ~