Terence Crawford wants chance to 'take torch from Manny Pacquiao'

Milan Ordoñez on Oct 27, 2015 12:33 PM
Crawford wants chance to 'take torch from Manny Pacquiao'
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Since successfully defending his WBO junior welterweight title over the weekend against Dierry Jean, Terence Crawford has been constantly campaigning for a fight against Manny Pacquiao.

Lucky for him, it is also something that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has been pondering on, given that it will likely be the Filipino boxing icon’s final fight.

"It would be one hell of a fight,” Arum said. "The next step is for Manny to review the tapes from tonight's fight, and we also have to wait for the result of Nov. 7, then we'll regroup after that."

Crawford, who is also a former WBO lightweight world title, won the then vacant 140-pound belt in April against Thomas Dulorme. Having gone through and beating every single opponent he has faced since going professional in 2008, he is left no other viable option but to face bigger-named opponents. Which is why his camp is continuously pushing for the Pacquiao fight to happen.

“Give us a chance to take the torch from you, Manny,” Crawford’s trainer and co-manager Brian McIntyre told Michael Woods of The Sweet Science. “The win over Jean Saturday went just as we planned. We know he’d be in good-a** shape, he was real game.”

“Manny is best-suited at 140 [pounds], we are at 140. We think Pacquiao is a real warrior, wants that challenge, and he’s a guy you want to share the ring with, all that he’s accomplished in boxing.”

Last week, Arum announced that Pacquiao’s final fight date would be on April 9th of the coming year. Among the short-listed names of possible opponents are that of Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse. 

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