- Terence Crawford defeated Kell Brook via 4th-round TKO this past Saturday.
- His contract with Top Rank Boxing is set to expire sometime in the next few months.
- Many fans are now calling for Crawford vs. Pacquiao to take place in 2021.
This past Saturday, Terence Crawford solidified his status as the number one boxer on the planet with a 4th-round TKO over Kell Brook. He’s now 37-0 in his career and is pushing hard for a big-name fight the next time around. Many fans now believe Crawford vs. Pacquiao is the perfect fight to make.
Manny Pacquiao is entering into the twilight of his fighting career. One last win against Terence Crawford would cement his legacy as an all-time great. Today, we’re going to talk about what might lead to this bout coming together.
Let’s get into it!
Terence Crawford May Soon Leave Top Tank
Boxing’s welterweight division is more competitive than ever before. There are many world-class fighters in this division. A few of them are sitting near the top of the sport’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Many fans and analysts consider Terence Crawford to be the best boxer in the world right now. He won his first major title back in 2014 and has continued to win ever since. For the past few years, Crawford has been signed to Top Rank Boxing.
Recently, reports surfaced that claimed Terence Crawford may soon leave Top Rank. His contract with the promotional team is set to expire in a few months. Terence claims he is interested in testing his worth in free agency.
Leaving Top Rank could open some massive opportunities for “Bud” Crawford. The welterweight champion has been complaining for years that he can’t face the other top fighters in the weight class. It’s an issue that has plagued the sport of boxing since the 1980s. His departure from Top Rank isn’t guaranteed, though, and Bob Arum claims he has several exciting matchups in mind for next year.
There aren’t many fighters that seem capable of giving Crawford trouble inside the ring. His power and ability to switch stances sets him apart from many other fighters. Interestingly, some believe that the speed of Manny Pacquiao could be an effective tool against Terence.
It now appears this fight could take place sometime next year.
Will We See Crawford vs. Pacquiao Sometime in 2021?
Even the most casual boxing fan is well-aware of Manny Pacquiao. He’s one of the most accomplished boxers in history and has taken part in several massive Pay-Per-View events. Manny is now 41 years old and likely only has a few bouts left.
As you might expect, Pacquiao is only interested in big fights right now. At the moment, he doesn’t have anything lined up. Fans around the world are now calling for Crawford vs. Pacquiao to take place sometime in the near future.
This is a fight that was originally expected to take place earlier this year. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the bout to be canceled. Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank Boxing, recently spoke to the media and claimed this fight could be rescheduled for 2021.
“Errol Spence will try to avoid Terence Crawford as long as he can because he knows he can’t beat Terence Crawford,” Arum said. “Now we’re going to go back to the drawing board and revisit that fight with Manny Pacquiao.”
There are several issues in the way of getting this fight made. The most obvious is getting a deal done between Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao’s promotional team. This has proven to be extremely difficult in the past and may be even harder right now.
As we already mentioned, however, Crawford’s contract with Top Rank is about to expire. Some believe this could help the fight against Manny Pacquiao come together. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks!
Errol Spence Jr. is Set to Fight in Just a Few Weeks!
Recency bias plays a big part in how fighters are ranked. With his win this weekend, Terence Crawford is widely considered the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet. That status could change in a couple of weeks, though.
Errol Spence Jr. is another man near the top of boxing’s pound-for-pound rankings. He is 26-0 as a professional with wins over Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Kell Brook. Spence is a tremendous power puncher and holds an impressive 80.8% knockout ratio.
Back in October of 2019, Errol Spence Jr. was involved in a serious car accident. He miraculously escaped without serious injury, but has been sitting on the sidelines recovering ever since. On December 5th, Spence will finally return against Danny Garcia.
BetOnline, one of the best online sportsbooks in the world, is now offering odds on this matchup. Spence is currently listed as the -450 favorite. He’s a world-class boxer, yet some are questioning how he will look after such a long layoff.
Danny Garcia has been near the top of the welterweight division since 2012. Garcia is still just 32 years old and some feel he’s now in his fighting prime. BetOnline currently lists Danny as the +360 underdog to get the win.
It’s an interesting time for the sport of boxing. Do you want to see Crawford vs. Pacquiao? Let us know in the comments section below!