Pacquiao-Crawford Could Happen in 2017
Ever since Manny Pacquiao announced his boxing comeback, fans have anticipated a potential matchup between the Filipino legend and lightweight champion Terence Crawford. Ahead of Pacquiao’s November bout with Jesse Vargas, promoter Bob Arum says that the Crawford fight may happen next year.
Crawford has been pegged for a Dec. 10 fight against a currently unknown opponent, filling in for the HBO spot that opened when Gennady Golovkin’s fight with Danny Jacobs couldn’t get made in time. If both Crawford and Pacquiao are victorious, they could meet in April of next year.
“If Manny wins the fight and funny enough with Crawford going again in December, it’s possible to do an April fight if Manny and Crawford are successful,” Arum told RingTV. “Crawford against Manny — that’s a possibility. That would be a great match.”
The Top Rank head attempted to make a fight between the two earlier when it was announced that Pacquiao would be coming back to the sport. Pacquiao and his team instead chose to face welterweight title holder Jesse Vargas, in a bout that will take place on Nov. 4. The fight will be exclusively promoted and broadcasted on pay-per-view by Top Rank.
Arum is enjoying the power of promoting on their own, and looks forward to making future matchups without having to work with Showtime or HBO. He hinted at the possibility of co-promoting with fellow promoter Al Haymon, which would present a host of interesting matchups for Pacquiao.
“I talked to Haymon before I made the Vargas fight about Adrien Broner, who he couldn’t control,” Arum said. “But he has some other welterweights — (Danny) Garcia could be a good opponent. (Keith) Thurman could be a good opponent. I mean, there’s no more boundaries now for Showtime fighters and HBO fighters. As far as I’m concerned, we’re having a great experience doing our own pay-per-view and there’s no real reason for premium networks to get involved in pay-per-view."