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Not Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford wants to face Manny Pacquiao up next

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WBO welterweight champion of the world Terence Crawford has trounced one after another title contenders in the last two and a half years. His most recent bout against Kell Brook marked Crawford’s fourth straight title defense.

Just three months since knocking out Brook at MGM Grand Conference Center, there are already speculations on who will be Crawford’s next fighter.

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However, last year November also saw some bitter relations between Crawford and his promoter Bob Arum, the Top Rank CEO who stated that he was losing money because of the opponents “Bud” had been choosing in his previous fights.

Terence Crawford
Things were rough between Terence Crawford and Bob Arum in recent times. (Image Courtesy: Top Rank)

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Having said that, Arum recently revealed that he’s planning who Crawford’s next opponent will be, and the choices came down to these two- either the former two time champion or Shawn Porter, or WBA’s “Champion in Recess” Manny Pacquiao.

Yeah I prefer the Manny Pacquiao fight over Shawn Porter: Terence Crawford

A couple of days after, the pugilist himself has opened up on his preferred upcoming fight, and Terence Crawford’s preference is Pacquiao, but at the same time acknowledged Porter’s capabilities.

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“I don’t know we just have to wait and see. Both of them are great fights,” Crawford said in an interview with Fighthype.com. Yeah I prefer the Manny Pacquiao fight over Shawn Porter, but Shawn Porter is a great fight in its own right and I am going to be ready for whichever one comes to fruition.” 

“Both of them have their own strong points. Manny Pacquiao is fast and moving, he can punch. Shawn Porter is aggressive, tough, and durable,” the 33-year-old added.

Prior to Crawford’s statement, Arum himself revealed to Fighthype that his own preference would be Pacquiao as well, because as the promoter puts it- the pockets would be heavier.

“Well, obviously Manny because there’s more money for Crawford in the Manny fight,” Arum asserted.

In the meantime, the former eight division Filipino virtuoso himself claimed that he spoke to Arum about facing Crawford, as well as wanting $40 million from the fight.

PacMan also made it clear that he doesn’t want to be a ‘champion in recess’ anymore after being inactive since 2019 July, and wants a title fight against any champion, which would also mean Crawford’s WBO belt will be on the line if the fight happens.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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