Crawford To Pacquiao: I Was Scared? You Didn't Want To Fight!

World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Terence Crawford has reacted to the recent statements from World Boxing Association "regular" welterweight champion (WBA) Manny Pacquiao, who rejected any talk that he avoided a potential fight with Crawford.

The two boxers were promotional stablemates under the Top Rank banner for several years.

Pacquiao's contract with Top Rank expired last year, and the boxer is now promoting himself through his own company, MP Promotions.


During a recent media event in the Philippines, Pacquiao told reporters that there were no issues on his end with having to face Crawford when the two were being promoted by Top Rank.

“He is just afraid and the promoters are preventing him from fighting me for a long time,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying by The Manila Times, during the media launch of the ISPS Handa and Emmanuel & Jinkee Heart Foundation Inc. at the Makati Shangrila Hotel in Makati City.

Pacquiao was responding to Crawford’s comments, that appeared on, that belittled his title reign. 

“He (Pacquiao) is not a champion in my eyes. He doesn’t have the super belt. That’s the champion in my eyes. I look at the number one champion in the division,” Crawford said. “I don’t look at the WBC Silver and the interim belts and all that. I look at the super and the actual champion of the division.”

But Crawford added, after reading Pacquiao's statements, that the Filipino star had taken a pass on him and instead fought Jeff Horn - who ended up winning a controversial decision - and Crawford stopped Horn earlier this year to win the WBO crown.

"You said I was scared of you? Stop it you and I both know that you didn't want to fight me that's why you fought Jeff Horn. I had to go behind you and clean up what you couldn't do because you thought it was sweet and take the easy route you forgot," Crawford stated on social media.

Pacquiao is looking ahead to a showdown with former four division champion Adrien Broner in January.

And last week Crawford retained his WBO welterweight title with a knockout of Jose Benavidez in the twelfth round.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lacruzel on 12-19-2018

Crawford also ducked Manny by declining his $20m contract fee, saying Manny outppriced himself. Well.. Manny earned at least $20m vs Lucas Matthysse under MP Promotions, on ESPN Plus (not PPV), in Malaysia! That's why Manny moved to PBC, there's…

Comment by .WesternChamp. on 10-23-2018

[B][SIZE="4"]you guys remember when the floyd fans said that bob was preventing the BIG fights from happening??????? now manny comes out with this -- “He is just afraid and [B][COLOR="Red"]the promoters are preventing him from fighting me for a long…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 10-23-2018

I think it's pretty clear Manny was scared to death of fighting Crawford! Manny wants that Floyd rematch money and fighting Crawford will derail that plan.

Comment by Kurttruk on 10-23-2018

neither of both are scared. it was the Bobfather who would have prevented it from happening. and Roach was pretty vocal back then about them not wanting to face Crawford since he was like the 'young' version of Floyd/Manny, which…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 10-22-2018

Roach said he would NEVER accept a fight that he thought Pac couldn’t win...he’s the mf who stopped Bud vs Pac...put the blame on the right dude if you play the blame game...the information is all over the internet...research it

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