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Arum: Pacquiao Has Said 'Yes' To Fighting Terence Crawford!

By Miguel Rivera

According to Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, he spoke with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao and the Filipino superstar has agreed to fight Terence Crawford, who holds the WBO junior welterweight world title.

On Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Crawford (28-0, 20KOs) will have the biggest fight of his career in a unification against WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12KOs). It will be Crawford's first headliner on HBO Pay-Per-View.

To pursue a full-time career in politics, Pacquiao retired from the sport in April after winning a twelve round decision over Timothy Bradley in a trilogy fight. He then won a senatorial seat back home in the Philippines in May.

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Top Rank has set aside November 5th at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center for Pacquiao's return. They wanted him to fight in October, but the fight was pushed back after a conflict with Pacquiao's political schedule.

A few days ago, Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, had stated in an interview that Crawford was never going to be an option for Pacquiao's planned return.

Arum has spoke to Pacquiao directly and says there are no issues with making a deal.

"I've talked to Manny and he is willing to give [Terence the] opportunity," said Arum to ESPN Deportes.

"But first Terence has an important commitment to fulfill before he can receive [that opportunity]. Manny has already said yes."

"We had scheduled his fight for October 15th at the Mandalay Bay. But we were informed that wasn't possible because Manny had to attend, on the week of October 15, a budget meeting with the senate."

Arum said Crawford "has the tools to be" a superstar in the sport.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Manic Shot on 08-16-2016

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;16954572]kudos to you for being correct.[/QUOTE] Thanks, Crawford vs Manny will happen 2017 or before Manny's true retirement. In house Bob plan it all along!

Comment by The Big Dunn on 08-16-2016

[QUOTE=285Kid;16890231]If Crawford wins tonight , the fight should be at 140 for the belts[/QUOTE] a poster even supporting TC asking for 140.

Comment by The Big Dunn on 08-16-2016

[QUOTE=Triple Juice;16889770]Bob Arum: Crawford by UD on Saturday. Vargas vs Manny on Nov.2016 Crawford vs Manny 2017[/QUOTE] kudos to you for being correct.

Comment by JQside on 08-08-2016

It's so clear in this article that Arum wanted Crawford for Pacquiao. Why is Arum now adding Vargas when he can just make the Crawford vs Pacquiao straight away? Is Arum not confident of Crawford beating Pac or what?

Comment by JQside on 08-04-2016

Can't wait for Arum's explanation why he picked Vargas. Damn, team Crawford must have been asking too much money for the fight.

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