Top pound-for-pound fighter and WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0) was in Las Vegas this past weekend to work the corner of Troy Isley, who won his pro debut with an unanimous decision over Bryant Costello. The four round fight was on the Richard Commey-Jackson Mariñez undercard. The bout streamed on ESPN+ along with the rest of the non-televised undercard.
In November a feud erupted between Crawford and his promoter, Top Rank's Bob Arum, who proclaimed that he wouldn’t continue to lose money on promoting Crawford’s fights. Crawford responded by saying that Arum should simply release him from his contract if that was the way he felt.
It appears that cooler heads have prevailed and Arum recently told Fighthype.com’s Sean Zittel that he was working on securing either Manny Pacquiao or Shawn Porter as Crawford’s next opponent for a spring return to the ring.
Crawford said that he doesn’t have a problem with either potential fight but prefers a fight against the legendary Pacquiao.
"I don't know we just have to wait and see. Both of them are great fights. Yeah I prefer the Manny Pacquiao fight over Shawn Porter, but Shawn Porter is a great fight in its own right and I am going to be ready for whichever one comes to fruition," Crawford told Fighthype.com.
As for which fight he believes is more likely to happen, Crawford said he will be ready for either possibility.
"I really can't say. All I can do is prepare myself to the best of my abilities and be ready for whatever is put in front of me," Crawford explained.
Pacquiao and Porter have vastly different fighting styles but Crawford is known for his superb in-ring adjustments and does not anticipate any problems.
"Both of them have their own strong points. Manny Pacquiao is fast and moving, he can punch. Shawn Porter is aggressive, tough, and durable,” Crawford stated.
Crawford was last in action in November when he stopped former champion Kell Brook in four rounds for his fourth title defense. He has won all five of his fights in the welterweight division via knockout.
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