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.
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.