WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is crossing his fingers that Top Rank can finalize a deal to get him a fall unification with Manny Pacquiao, who holds the WBA's world title.
In several recent interview, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum mentioned Pacquiao as a potential opponent for Crawford in the second half of the year.
“My next fight should be Pacquiao, we’re in talks with Team Pacquiao and I’ve been hoping that fight can get made, but anything after that I really can’t say because I’m only looking forward to the next fight, so if we can get that fight secure and signed then hopefully that can be our next fight,” Crawford told The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer.
Very few ringside observers expect Pacquiao to accept the fight with Crawford.
Pacquiao is under the Premier Boxing Champions [PBC] umbrella - where there are numerous boxers that he can face at welterweight.
The Filipino superstar has been out of the ring since July 2019, when he won a twelve round decision over Keith Thurman to capture the WBA title.
If not Pacquiao, then Crawford is willing to fight any of the top names at 147-pounds.
“Sky the limit for me right now, I’m looking for all the big opportunities and all the champions. I’m gunning for all of them,” Crawford said.
But most of the top names at welterweight are with PBC - including Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas, Shawn Porter and several others..
“Once it came to a point where it was some of their big fighters, they didn’t want to put them in the ring with me because they didn’t want to have Top Rank have the edge over their head where one of their fighters took out one of their top welterweights fighters. So in a sense they (PBC) just fight each other, lets just take each other out, and see what he does in the meantime and we’ll go from there,” Crawford said.