Bob Arum Elaborates On A Potential Manny Pacquiao Vs. Terence Crawford Fight
The idea behind Top Rank’s return to action in June is to slowly announce fights that will bring people into watching boxing again. If everything goes according to plan, bigger fights will be announced with a hopeful audience. That is what Bob Arum has in mind for two of the top welterweights in the sport today.
Speaking with The Manila Times, Arum discussed a potential clash between Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford. This has been something Arum has been looking at for a while now. Factors in the booking of the fight are timing and the arena. If travel is a problem due to the coronavirus, as well as potentially involving fans for a fight this big, Top Rank will have to find a way to work around it.
“We will be starting June 9 with reaffirmation from Nevada to do boxing events without audiences,” Arum stated. “Now, for the Pacquiao fight, you have to have an audience because that’s such as a significant portion of the revenue. Without an audience who will put up the money? It’s a big event.”
Pacquiao (62-7-2) is the current WBA Welterweight Champion, beating Keith Thurman in his last fight via split decision for the “super” belt. That fight was produced via Premier Boxing Champions. The 41-year-old is on a three-fight win streak. Top Rank last produced a Pacquiao fight back in 2018, when Pacquiao beat Lucas Matthysse via TKO in seven rounds. It was a comeback win following a controversial loss to Jeff Horn, also on ESPN programming.
Crawford (36-0) is the current WBO Welterweight Champion. “Bud” won his last bout in December over Egidijus Kavaliauskas via TKO. It was the third time defending the WBO belt he won from Horn back in 2018. The 32-year-old has been eyeing a bout between Pacquiao or Errol Spence Jr. for a while now.
Top Rank will be producing live events throughout the month of June from Las Vegas. Eventually, they will work to produce events overseas. That is where Arum believes a fight like Pacquiao v. Crawford will take place.
“We are waiting for some clearance for some place, whether it’s in Asia or Middle East that we will get the funding. But most important is we would be able to do it with spectators,” Arum went on to say, who added a fight between the two could be in 2021. “Big thing for Manny to be back in a big fight because Manny has a big fan base and following, and people would be happy to see him back in action.”
Arum added that Macau and Australia are also being considered as destinations for a clash.