Arum wants world champion to face Pacquiao next

Milan Ordoñez on Oct 22, 2015 04:39 PM
Arum wants world champion to face Pacquiao next
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Another name has been added to the short list of Manny Pacquiao’s next possible opponents.

While the names of former stablemate Amir Khan and former WBC interim 140-pound champion Lucas Matthysse have been brought up, Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum sees another potential opponent for “Pacman”: reigning WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

Ranked by Ring Magazine as the number seven pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Crawford holds an undefeated of 26-0 (with 18 victories by knockout). He will be defending his title next, against Canada’s Dierry Jean this weekend in Nebraska.

According to Crawford, a bout against Pacquiao is mainly about “seizing opportunities”.

“Who wouldn’t think about it? That’s the fight we want,” Crawford said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times (through Boxingscene.com). “Right now, we just want to focus on Jean, but [Pacquiao] … that’s a big opportunity for me, and if I was ever given that opportunity, I’d do my best to seize it.”

Pacquiao is still in the Philippines, where he is preparing himself to run for a Senate seat in 2016. That being said, nothing has been set in stone, but according to Arum, the final decision still lies with the Filipino boxing icon.

“I want to see a good performance from Crawford. He’s fighting a good fighter, and Manny is the kind of proud guy who looks for the toughest opponent. So if Crawford gives a great performance, it enhances him as a Manny opponent.”

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