Crawford To Face PBC Fighter Next? Then Pacquiao in 2017?

By Radio Rahim

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is in the process of securing the next opponent for WBO/WBC junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20KOs).

Crawford is set to return on December 10th in an HBO televised fight from Omaha.

There have been industry rumors that Arum is speaking with manager/adviser Al Haymon to land a fighter, who is under the Premier Boxing Champions banner, for Crawford's next fight.

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According to Arum, he is in talks for an opponent under the PBC banner.

"Yeah, we're talking to [PBC] now," Arum said.

Promoter Lou DiBella, who works with PBC, has been campaigning hard for his boxer, Olympic gold medal winner Felix Diaz, to fight Crawford on that date. Whether or not it's Diaz will remain to be seen, but there have been some whispers that John Molina is being considered. Molina won an upset decision over Ruslan Provodnikov earlier this year and he was a frontrunner to face WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia next month - before Garcia settled on Samuel Vargas.

If Crawford wins his next fight, and Manny Pacquiao defeats WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5th, the two of them could be on a collision course for 2017.

"Right now the biggest fight for Pacquiao is Vargas. He's ten years younger, he's punching like a mule, he's very determined, he's going to bring the fight to Manny. Manny hasn't trained like a normal person," Arum said. "If he gets by Vargas, I would think that the opponent that everybody wants would be Terence Crawford, but Terence Crawford is going to have a tough fight December 10th."

Arum had offered Pacquiao the option of facing Crawford next month. That fight was rejected by Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, and longtime adviser Michael Koncz - as both of them had concerns with Crawford's style after watching him outbox Viktor Postol in July.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BennyBlanco on 10-31-2016

[QUOTE=Fetta;17154657]Fat boy saying its Molina but hes wrong alot so ill take this as 50/50. Pretty much the same as your regular NSB poster. Dont mind it[/QUOTE] It's definitely Molina for Crawford next. Crap fight.

Comment by BennyBlanco on 10-31-2016

[QUOTE=big_james10;17153542]Only a moron would think that Golovkin and Jacobs will make $10-15 million off their fight or that more than 100,000 people will actually pay to see the fight.[/QUOTE] We'll see. Wait until the purse bid. Then you can apologize…

Comment by Fetta on 10-28-2016

Fat boy saying its Molina but hes wrong alot so ill take this as 50/50. Pretty much the same as your regular NSB poster. Dont mind it

Comment by KnockoutKings on 10-28-2016

but bob arum is killing boxing! he only does in house fights!!! waaaaaa

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