Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford ‘far from a done deal’
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 30, 2020 02:38 PM
Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum has repeatedly expressed his desire to see reigning WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford face eight-division titleholder and reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in what could be one of the biggest boxing matchups in recent memory.
Even Crawford himself would like to see this happen, but at this point, Arum says it’s far from guaranteed, contrary what some reports are claiming.
"Right now, all we've done is we've contacted Crawford and [Brian McIntyre], told them that they'll fight in November, either the 14th or the 21st, and we're looking at opponents," Arum said in an interview with ESPN.
As much as they would want it to be against the Pinoy boxing icon, Arum says that there are a lot of hurdles that need to be cleared.
"Obviously, if it's Pacquiao and we can do the fight, which is a big ask because where am I going to put it?” Arum stated. “We can't do it in the United States because there's no crowds. So again, [some reports] that it's Pacquiao and Crawford -- it's misleading."
Right now, Top Rank is leading the way in terms of putting boxing back into screens following the COVID-19 pandemic that forced a number of sports to postpone, or even suspend their events.
Since early June, Top Rank has been staging events, and they’re looking to keep doing that throughout the coming months.
With baseball in jeopardy of being postponed once again, boxing could have more spots on air.
"We're working on everything because what we know now is, starting mid-August, every week through the end of September, that's booked. ... If baseball goes down -- and it looks like it might -- then [ESPN] will probably ask us to do a fight show during the week, to go twice a week," Arum explained.
As for Pacquiao’s status, MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said that it’s a possibility for Pacman to return to action this year, but there are lots of things to consider, including the pandemic and Pacquiao’s senate schedule.