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Arum: Thurman's People Called About Crawford Fight, But Money Demands Are Crazy

Bob Arum wants Terence Crawford to fight Manny Pacquiao next more than any other welterweight.

The high-profile opponent Pacquiao barely beat in his last fight interests Crawford’s promoter as well. Arum considers Crawford-Keith Thurman “a terrific fight,” but he isn’t optimistic it can be made based on his recent conversation with one of Thurman’s representatives.

“Thurman’s people got in touch with me, but they’re out to lunch,” Arum told “They have such crazy expectations that just don’t exist anymore. Their money demands are crazy. They said they were free agents, which I’m sure they are. But again, who’s gonna pay what they’re looking for?”

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Arum didn’t divulge the dollar amount Thurman’s representative requested, nor would he identify who contacted him on Thurman’s behalf. has otherwise learned that Thurman likely will headline a FOX broadcast December 26, thought his opponent hasn’t been chosen.

The 32-year-old Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) is expected to return to the ring November 14. ESPN likely will televise Crawford’s upcoming defense of the WBO welterweight title, but Arum is still seeking an opponent for the Omaha, Nebraska, native.

A Pacquiao-Crawford fight would require international investors to offer a large site fee to bring the bout to a venue outside the United States, where fans could watch it in person.

Arum also continues to discuss a potential Crawford-Kell Brook bout with Brook’s handlers. Crawford-Brook could take place in a “bubble” environment, without fans, in the U.S. or the United Kingdom, according to Arum.

“Brook is a very good opponent,” Arum said. “Brook fought [Errol] Spence, and he gave him a good fight.”

The 34-year-old Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) has lost only to Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) in welterweight bouts. Spence knocked out Brook in the 11th round to win the IBF 147-pound championship in May 2017 in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown.

The 31-year-old Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC) hasn’t fought since suffering his lone loss – a 12-round, split-decision defeat to the Philippines’ Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) in July 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquaio, then 40, won the WBA “super” 147-pound championship from Thurman, of Clearwater, Florida.

Thurman then had surgery 11 months ago in which bones were fused in his left hand. The former WBA/WBC welterweight champion has been careful while using his repaired jab hand in the gym, but he expects to be able to box before the end of this year. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Curt Henning on 08-24-2020

[QUOTE=ptek;20723727]I don't think Crawford mind's to much if he sits around until next year for a legit fight , he wants to unify and NOTHING BUT THE REST OF THE CHAMPS WILL DO, and I don't blame him, this will…

Comment by ptek on 08-24-2020

[QUOTE=TheWinners;20715133]Nah I doubt he fight anyone on that list. He came out and said he don't wanna fight Porter. Apparently Thurman is asking too much. And I'm not sure how interested Pacquiao is of fighting Crawford.[/QUOTE] I don't think Crawford…

Comment by ptek on 08-24-2020

[QUOTE=TheWinners;20715116]I think even if you have solid points, it's still sad. Here's why. Even with Thurman not looking the same(I say that is more because of inactivity since he didn't look bad vs Pacquiao), even if he is a shadow…

Comment by genrick on 08-23-2020

I still don't get the point of Thurman calling out Crawford, then dumps a huge roadblock demanding $10 million all in the midst of the current situation where promoters are not making enough money to fund fights. Is Thurman going…

Comment by Ray* on 08-21-2020

[QUOTE=TheWinners;20716768]I think this mentality is the main reason why Crawford hasn't fought anyone significant at 147 in the first place. The fact that a boxer who beat 2 fighters still in the top 10 in his division and lost a…

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