LAS VEGAS – Terence Crawford feels he has made it perfectly clear that he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao, Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman, in that order.
The unbeaten WBO 147-pound champion doesn’t think any of those fights will happen, however, until the media and the paying public literally accept nothing less. That’s why Crawford wasn’t interested after his fourth-round stoppage of Kell Brook on Saturday night in rehashing his wish list.
“Listen, listen, I already said I’m number one,” Crawford told a small group of reporters. “I don’t really have to call out all these fighters. You know, y’all demand it. The media, the public, the people – when y’all demand things, it happens.”
When asked if the media and public have more influence than him in making those fights, Crawford replied, “Yeah, because y’all the ones that make it.
“Once you keep, you know, demanding the fight and you don’t take nothing else but that fight that y’all demanding for, then it will happen. You know? When y’all write, ‘No, we don’t wanna see this fight. We don’t wanna see this fight. We wanna see this fight,’ you know, people are gonna start taking notice and be like, ‘Hey, why they ain’t fighting this guy? Why they ain’t fighting each other?’ And that’s how you make it happen.”
The consensus among the media and, most important, the fans invested in the sport is that they want to watch Crawford fight Spence as soon as possible. If Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) defeats Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) on December 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the IBF/WBC welterweight champion and Crawford basically are on the same schedule and could finally fight within the first half of 2021.
The 30-year-old Spence has more options, of course, among fellow welterweights affiliated with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions than Crawford. Both Spence and Crawford want to fight Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, who, at 41, still is considered an elite welterweight.
Spence also could fight Thurman, his longtime rival, or partake in a rematch with Shawn Porter if he beats Garcia in a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View main event next month. There aren’t any welterweights promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. who would be considered promotable opponents for Crawford’s next fight.
The 33-year-old Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, expressed interest in temporarily moving up to the 154-pound division to challenge WBO junior middleweight champ Patrick Teixeira before he settled for boxing Brook (39-3, 27 KOs) in a main event ESPN aired from MGM Grand Conference Center.
Brazil’s Teixeira (31-1, 22 KOs) is committed to making a mandated defense of his title against Argentina’s Brian Castano (16-0-1, 12 KOs) in his next fight, though. Teixeira is represented by Golden Boy Promotions, but Castano – like Spence, Thurman, Garcia and Porter – is a PBC boxer and thus unlikely to face Crawford if he were to defeat Teixeira.
The winner of the 140-pound title unification bout between Jose Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) and Josh Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) is a potential opponent for Crawford as well. The Ramirez-Taylor fight hasn’t even been scheduled, though, which means that bout couldn’t be next for Crawford.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.