Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford next?
It was announced earlier this week by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum that Philippines Senator and eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao will face one of three possible opponents on November 5, in Las Vegas, Nevada; Terence Crawford, Viktor Postol and Jessie Vargas.
Although an official announcement from Top Rank, Inc, isn't expected until sometime next week, the real bosses of boxing, the die-hard fans of the sport, may form a consensus as to who they want to see opposite the Pacman should Crawford defeat Postol on Saturday night in a decisive and impressive manner.
While most fight scribes and boxing fans seem to think the undefeated champion from Omaha, Nebraska, would prove to be the Filipino Senator's toughest assignment of the three aforementioned candidates, Manny Paquiao apparently has no problem taking on who many have dubbed 'the next big star of boxing'.
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According to Arum, the 37 year old ring legend is indeed willing to take on the switch-hitting enigma that is "Bud" Crawford.
"I've talked to Manny, and he's willing to give Terence the opportunity," the 84 year old promoter said in a recent interview with ESPN Deportes. "Manny has already said 'YES'.
Because Manny and Freddie chose to bypass a fan-approved match-up with Crawford in April, in favor of Timothy Bradley, it subsequently became conventional wisdom that the popular boxing tandem didn't like the style match-up for the Filipino icon. That's certainly not the case, according to the heralded, seven-time trainer of the year.
"My favorite fight for Manny is Terence Crawford," Roach stated to ringside media immediately following the Pacman's decisive victory over Tim Bradley in April.
"Manny's best fighting weight is at 140 pounds, and I think that's a great fight for us."
Respected fight trainer and noted Freddie Roach nemesis, Robert Garcia, is surprisingly in agreement with the legendary boxing coach. "If your talking about Top Rank fighters, a fight with Terence Crawford makes the most sense," the Oxnard, CA, based trainer stated to ESNews late last year. "People might think I'm wrong, but I think Pacquiao is a little too dangerous and might still be a big risk for Crawford."
"I think Pacquiao is still too dangerous."
It's a match-up for which most would be willing to pay top dollar. But first, TC not only has to defeat the current WBC Super Lightweight champion, Viktor Postol, but look impressive doing it on Saturday night. Pacquiao's trainer, who also serves as chief second for the Ukrainian born title holder, whole heartedly believes his fighter will shock the masses and prove to be too much for Crawford this evening.
"It's a 50/50 fight, but my guy is the more disciplined fighter, and he has a big height and reach advantage over Crawford," Roach stated to boxing reporter Dominic Verdin earlier this week. "I believe he's going to dominate the fight and score a huge upset with a decision victory on Saturday night."
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