What Is A Dealbreaker For Terence Crawford When It Comes To Fighting?
There are plenty of fights for Terence Crawford to take in 2020 and beyond. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is an idea that he will be fighting only once this year instead of two or three times. There may be a chance The WBO Middleweight Champion doesn’t even fight this year if things don’t go his way.
Speaking on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, Crawford (36-0) discussed why he wouldn’t come back to fight later this fall. Recently, Top Rank’s Bob Arum said he would come back in September or October, against a high-caliber opponent. The idea of title fights are fine, but not a cut in salary.
“Just don’t try and tell me I have to take a pay cut because of a pandemic,” Crawford said, via Boxing Scene. “I don’t feel that’s right when I’ve already went through what I had to go through coming up. Now you’re telling me go back to ground one and take a pay cut? I just don’t feel like I can do that.”
Several young fighters have had to take pay cuts since boxing announced its return for the summer. A problem with staging a fight with Crawford is that fans drive revenue, and revenue creates opportunities for cash. A fight against Amir Khan back in April 2019 had over $10.5 million in revenue. Without fans, the pay Crawford normally would get might not be as realistic.
Arum has been trying to book Crawford v. Manny Pacquiao sometime this year, preferably outside of the United States. One area that is an option is Bahrain. He has also named several other opponents, with a majority of them coming from Premier Boxing Champions. One fighter he didn’t name, who Crawford wants, is Errol Spence Jr.
Ryan Garcia is also going through this problem with Golden Boy, as he was reportedly offered $200,000 to compete. A multiple-division champion, Crawford wants to compete, but not if the financial terms aren’t to his liking.