LOS ANGELES – Errol Spence Jr. has made it perfectly clear that Manny Pacquiao is the opponent he wants to fight next.
Pacquiao, like Spence, is represented by adviser Al Haymon, which would make their high-profile welterweight title unification fight relatively easy to put together if Pacquiao is willing to oppose Spence. If Pacquiao, the WBA 147-pound champion, opts to go in a different direction, it seems as if Danny Garcia is Spence’s probable opponent for the first half of 2020.
Garcia stood alongside Spence in the ring following the IBF/WBC champion’s split-decision defeat of Shawn Porter on Saturday night at Staples Center. Philadelphia’s Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs) wants the fight, but Spence first will purse a showdown with Pacquiao, which probably would take place in February.
Regardless, the 29-year-old Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) will not consider the opponent most boxing fans want to see him fight next – WBO champion Terence Crawford. The DeSoto, Texas, native dismissed talk of facing Crawford during a post-fight press conference at Staples Center.
“It don’t matter,” Spence said. “The last time Crawford fought on pay-per-view [against Amir Khan], he did a hundred thousand buys. So, I’m not worried about Crawford right now. They don’t really promote him like they should be, so it is what it is. We’ll worry about Crawford when we get there. But like I said, Crawford need me more than I need him.”
Spence told a group of reporters prior to topping Porter that he thinks a bout between he and Crawford could take place either late in 2020 or early in 2021.
“I think the [Crawford] fight can happen,” Spence said Wednesday following a press conference. “I want it to happen. I think it will happen. Like I said, it should happen late in 2020 or early in 2021. So, you know, I think it’s gonna happen. I don’t think he have any opponents left, really. And, you know, I have a couple opponents [to fight]. But like I said, I wanna become undisputed. And the only way I can become undisputed is to take his belt. So, you know, we definitely have to make something happen, so I can get his belt.”
Meanwhile, Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is expected to make a mandatory defense of his title against Lithuania’s Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs) on December 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.