Pacquiao Want $20 Miliion to Fight Crawford
With Manny Pacquiao looking strong in his November return to boxing, the Filipino legend has been mentioned alongside many of the sport’s top fighters for potential super-fights. One of those potential fights is against light-welterweight champion Terence Crawford, but Manny will only accept that matchup for a steep price.
According to Boxing Scene, Pacquiao’s longtime advisor Michael Koncz, told the Manila Bulletin that $2o million is the price they’re seeking from Top Rank Promotions to make the fight.
"If it’s Crawford that Top Rank wants for Manny Pacquiao, then we’ll fight Crawford," Koncz said. "But we want a guarantee of $20 million."
Crawford (30-0) is one of the top pound-for-pound talents in boxing, and would be one of the toughest potential opponents for the 38-year-old Pacquiao.
Pacquiao (59-6-2) has fought at welterweight for most of his recent bouts, and it is likely that Crawford would move up to 147 lbs. for the fight. Pacquiao defeated Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 to win the WBO welterweight title that he had held several times over his career.
The biggest hurdle holding back a matchup between Pacquiao and Crawford, or any Pacquiao fights, is Manny’s role as a senator in the Philippines. Because of his rigorous schedule, he will likely not be able to fight frequently in 2017.
Crawford, for one, wants the fight. He told Max Kellerman as much after defeating John Molina Jr. in December.
"That’s up to Bob Arum, my managers and coaches," he said. "Of course I would love to fight Pacquiao, but it’s a business."