Arum Claims Pacquaio Wants None Of Crawford
In a n interview with SiriusXM’s Boxing radio, Bob Arum claims that while Manny Pacquiao’s goal is a fight with Vasyl Lomachenko, he wants nothing to do with Terence Crawford.
“I can’t talk about what Manny wants. He has absolutely no interest in fighting Crawford” Arum said on Wednesday.
“He told me that himself. And the guy he’s looking to fight is Lomachenko at 135lbs. He says he can get down to 135lbs.”
When asked about the halt in the Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin rematch, the Top Rank CEO believes that Alvarez should make around 10% more than GGG.
“Canelo should get a bigger percentage, but not 65-35,” Arum said of the figure pushed by Oscar De La Hoya.
“Probably should end up 55-45 Canelo’s way because there’s no question that Canelo with his big Hispanic following is the A-side, in the sense that he brings more eyeballs to the event than GGG…”
On the subject of another major fight stuck in negotiations, Arum believes Deontay Wilder needs to be the one that gives in for a fight in the U.K. with Anthony Joshua.
“As far as the Wilder-Joshua fight is concerned, I think that Wilder should look at the money that Matchroom is offering him and make the fight in England because it makes the most sense that they place in England. Joshua has proven to be a tremendous draw — he did 80,000 for the Joseph Parker fight, 90,000 when he fought a previous fight, and so he’s shown the ability to draw extraordinarily well.
“Wilder hasn’t had that opportunity. Wilder, I think, needs the chance to fight Joshua to establish supremacy. I think Joshua’s the better fighter but Wilder is in it because he has such a tremendous punch. So I think that the Wilder people have to be reasonable and they should make a deal with Matchroom for the right price.”
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