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Spence: Crawford Fight Will Happen When Arum, Haymon Make Sure Money's Right

Assuming they remain unbeaten champions, Errol Spence Jr. won’t allow himself to leave the welterweight division without fighting Terence Crawford.

Spence says he wants that highly anticipated, title unification fight as much as Crawford. It just can’t happen, according to Spence, until everyone involved is paid properly for what would be a joint pay-per-view venture between ESPN and FOX Sports and a promotional collaboration between Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.

The 30-year-old Spence discussed the Crawford fight with Brian Custer for the newest episode of the Showtime broadcaster’s podcast, “The Last Stand.”

“He wants the fight,” Spence said of Crawford. “You know, I wants the fight. You know, I think it will happen. It’s just a matter of time, I think. I’d say, you know, we wanna fight. But, you know, with Bob Arum and, you know, Al Haymon and, you know, and everybody else – I call ‘em the guys in the suits. What the guys in the suits really, you know, want, they want it to make sense money-wise. You know, they wanna make sure everybody get they slice, everybody get their fair share. You know, so they wanna make sure that’s right before, you know, before the fight happens.

“You know, I think that’s the same thing with Floyd and Pacquiao. They didn’t fight until the money was so big, you know, they had to fight. So, I mean, everybody wanna make sure the money’s right and everybody get their fair slice. And then, you know, the fight will happen. And so, it’ll definitely happen. I mean, it’ll definitely happen. It’s just a matter of when.”


When Mayweather and Pacquiao finally fought, that HBO/Showtime Pay-Per-View event generated in excess of $600 million in overall revenue. Approximately 4.6 million U.S. consumers purchased their unremarkable bout, which Mayweather won by unanimous decision in May 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Crawford-Spence obviously isn’t as big as Mayweather-Pacquiao, but it is probably boxing’s most anticipated fight outside of the heavyweight division.

Spence (26-0, 21 KOs), a southpaw from DeSoto, Texas, is expected to return to the ring sometime in the fall. The IBF/WBC champion could face former WBC champ Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) in Spence’s first fight since suffering cuts to his face and body and dental damage in a one-car accident October 10 in Dallas.

Like Spence, the 32-year-old Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) would welcome a fight against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao next. The Omaha, Nebraska, native is more likely, however, to fight someone other than Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) whenever the WBO champion fights again. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by whirlout on 06-05-2020

Delusional. The problem here is that Spence and Crawford is not even a big mainstream fight. It is a great fight among we hardcore boxing fans, that's about it. Both has zero personality to sell a fight and neither is…

Comment by ptek on 06-05-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20594393]Pac doesn't decide to fight Crawford. Crawford decides who he will (and won't) fight. Crawford not three weeks ago said he didn't want to fight Manny because he's old and he didn't want excuses. Bob Arum is feeding you guys…

Comment by TonyPeri on 06-05-2020

You already missed the big money. There will not be pay days on the old level for long after Spence is retired. That’s why you don’t let the fight marinate.

Comment by Timur78 on 06-05-2020

Yes, sure Errol. When pigs fly, or Terence is in a wheelchair. One of the two.

Comment by Oregonian on 06-05-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20594075]Too bad Crawford is not facing Manny, because if he did, it would end up like Pac/Bradley 3 - and everyone would be upset that Crawford took an L against an old senator before realizing his "greatness".[/QUOTE] -/———- Well, Manny…

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