Pacquiao Or Spence Jr. Are On Arum’s Radar for A Possible Showdown with Crawford
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is considering either Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) or Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) as a possible opponent for Terrence Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs), in a unification welterweight title fight likely to take place in early 2021. The rumors of said fight are nothing new as it has been talked about for the past three years and fans would love to see it finally materialize. But before that fight happens, Crawford has yet to dismantle Kell Brook (39-2, 27 KOs), as the two were scheduled for the welterweight showdown on November 14, 2020.
In an interview with ESPN, the octogenarian boss of Top Rank has revealed with great interest that he is considering pairing Crawford with Pacquiao or Spence Jr., which may be the biggest fight of his career likely to take place in the first half of 2021. “The next fight is going to be, as far as I can control things, we’re not going to fool around, it’s going to be Pacquiao or Spence,” said Arum.
Arum also explained that there was an agreement on the Crawford-Pacquiao showdown to take place in Qatar, only to be pulled later due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But he’s determined to make that fight happen, so he starts working to make a new deal just so the Pacquiao-Crawford fight can push through and when things get better.
On the other hand, if the Pacquiao-Crawford fight fails, a Crawford-Spence Jr. showdown will be the next best option, and Arum is contemplating hosting this fight domestically or only within the United States. Arum cited the financial expense of staging the fight that he and Premiere Boxing Champions or PBC’s Al Haymon can benefit from. “It’s to everybody’s benefit for us to do it together. If the fighters want guarantees, I think Haymon would be reluctant to face that bill himself. If it cratered, he would lose a lot money. This way he would have a partner in the money.”