Arum: Co-PPV with Crawford-Spence Would Do Big Numbers
There aren’t a lot of fighters for WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best, to face within his own promotional circle at Top Rank.
This has forced Top Rank CEO Bob Arum to get creative in some ways to find worthy opponents for Crawford. For instance, Amir Khan was convinced to take $5 million in guaranteed money to forgo a long-awaited fight with Kell Brook and face Crawford on pay-per-view for the WBO title at Madison Square Garden on April 20.
Arum is also making strides to reach out to Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), a stable that has a wide variety of the best welterweight fighters. For example, Arum reportedly offered former WBC champion Danny Garcia $3 million for the fight with Crawford but was rejected
“It’s up to them,” Arum said. “We reached out before this fight. We reached out to Danny Garcia and we offered him a lot more money than he’s getting in his fight and he said no. We don’t have the right to force them to take the fight.
I look at [WBC champion Shawn] Porter and Danny Garcia and [WBA “Super” champion Keith] Thurman as being average guys and not better than the guys I have. I think my Eastern Europeans would beat those guys.
Arum thinks of all the fighters, the easiest time he could have booking a fight for Crawford would be current IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. Spence is set to defend his title in a pay-per-view bout of his own against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.
Arum feels if Crawford and Spence can each win their own pay-per-view headline bouts, then it would be advantageous for he and Haymon to co-promote a pay-per-view card headlined by a Crawford-Spence title unification bout.
“I think the best welterweight is Spence,” stated Arum. “Let’s see what happens with Spence and Garcia and see if Spence will do the fight. Of all the fights, that is the easiest to make. Why? Because you do that fight, we do that fight like Mayweather-Pacquiao, where the two companies distribute and then you’ll have the benefit of the ESPN megaphone.
[Crawford vs. Spence] would do tremendous numbers. I think it’s that big.
Original Story: Boxing Scene