Manny Pacquiao: The truth behind Pacman's cryptic message to Crawford and Spence
After the internet world and the boxing community began buzzing about the customarily subdued Terence Crawford's virtual sparring session with current IBF and WBC Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. via Twitter this past Monday, January 6th, the cyber shots traded by both parties seemed to stoke the attention of Senator Manny Pacquiao as well.
More than just a mere bystander, the eight-division world champion chose to get somewhat involved by tagging the two other Welterweight champions in this cryptic tweet the following afternoon:
What exactly did the esteemed Filipino Senator mean by his direct message?
While most fans and media outlets chose to interpret the Pacman's message as a virtual ring invitation being thrown to both proud fighters, one could turn to a comment made by Pacquiao's head trainer Freddie Roach for greater clarity:
"Maybe Crawford and Spence could fight each other, and we could fight the winner," the Hall of Fame trainer proposed to Fight Hub TV in September of 2019.
It's no secret that every top-ranked Welterweight would love a fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2020, due to the fact that 1) Manny is admittedly a part-time fighter at this point in his future Hall of Famed career with only a select number of fights remaining, and 2) at age 41, the Pacman is still the biggest mainstream draw in the division and brings the biggest potential payday.
Although both Crawford and Pacquiao have expressed interest in challenging Manny within the second quarter of 2020, Manny realistically only has time for one of the two champions this year.
The cryptic tweet was the Pacman's solution to the potential scheduling dilemma: Why can't Spence fight Crawford in April or June, with the winner taking on Senator Pacquiao during the final quarter of the year for all the marbles at 147 pounds?
Despite Crawford and Spence both being currently ranked as number one and two respectively in the packed Welterweight division, Pacquiao is by far the top combatant where it seems to matter most...at the box office.
Manny's proposition seems to make the most sense from a strategic and financial perspective. Not only would a fight between Pacquiao and the winner of Crawford vs. Spence result in the biggest money fight at 147 pounds since May/Pac of 2015, but it would also crown the true king of the welterweight division; something for which fight fans have clamored since Floyd Mayweather's retirement in September of 2015.
Bottom line: Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. need Manny Pacquiao more than the Pacman needs Errol or Bud.
At this stage of his illustrious career, the 41-year-old ring legend doesn't need either man on his resume to secure his spot among the all-time greats in Canastota, New York. He has nothing left to prove to any fight fan or critic, and at age 41, Pacquiao still brings the biggest payday at 147 pounds.
So even though both Terence and Errol would like to see the Pacman in the ring before imminently locking horns in 2020, the two fighters would be wise to realize they are in no position to call out the elder statesman of the division. They should both consider themselves fortunate to even still have a chance at defeating the sport's only eight-division world champion.
Crawford and Spence should make the respectful move and appease the living legend by electing to fight each other in June, with the winner taking on Manny Pacquiao for all the marbles at 147 pounds in December.
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Although both Crawford and Pacquiao have expressed interest in challenging Manny within the second quarter of 2020, Manny realistically only has time for one of the two champions this year. Did you mean Crawford and Spence?