WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is not holding his breath on a potential fight with eight division king Manny Pacquiao.
Last weekend in Malaysia, Pacquiao made his return to the ring and dominated Lucas Matthysse for a seventh round stoppage to capture the WBA "regular" welterweight title.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Crawford and used to promote Pacquiao for over a decade, would like to match the two boxers in the fall.
Another lucrative option that Arum will present to the Filipino star, is a catch-weight bout with WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Crawford believes that he deserves to get the fight, especially since he and Pacquiao are competing in the same weight division.
Arum has tried to match Crawford and Pacquiao in the past - with Pacquiao showing little to no interest in the fight.
On Thursday, Pacquiao's former trainer, Freddie Roach, told BoxingScene.com that Crawford would be too much for the veteran boxer, who is nearly 40 years old.
While Crawford admits that he wants the opportunity to face Pacquiao - he's not going to place his career on hold while Pacquiao mulls his future.
“I believe I’m a pretty good fighter and have accomplished more than Lomachenko,” Crawford told The Los Angeles Times.
“And how many years have we been talking about Crawford-Pacquiao? Since 2015? One guy’s a welterweight — where [Pacquiao’s] at — the other guy’s a lightweight. You can fight somebody your size or somebody smaller than you. You’ve got to pick and choose your options.
“Like I’ve said before, I’m not worrying about Pacquiao right now. If that fight presents itself and it comes to fruition, then we’ll handle that. But until then, I don’t need to get into it.
“I don’t feel like I need to do anything. If the fight’s going to happen, it’s going to happen because Pacquiao’s team wants it to happen. Arum’s been trying to make the fight for quite a while and it hasn’t worked. We can’t make those guys fight. The only thing I can do is continue to focus on my career.”