Pacquiao won't face Crawford next, possible opponent mentioned

January 3, 2017

Bob Arum spoke on his star fighter Manny Pacquiao‘s future today, and revealed that a showdown between the Filipino legend and Terence Crawford is not in the cards for at least the first half of 2017.

Crawford-Pacquiao has been something that a lot of fans have wanted, but Arum is looking to go in a different direction.  He wants Pacquiao to fight somewhere outside of the United States.

“There’ll be no Pacquiao-Crawford in the first six months of the year definitely.  Only if the fight will be in the United States but we’re not planning the next fight in the United States so we’re also not planning on Crawford,” Arum said.

Arum mentioned that Pacquiao could face Jeff Horn in his next fight, who he has mentioned as a potential suitor for Pacquiao before.  The 28 year old Australian certainly isn’t as sexy of a name as Crawford.  I don’t think anyone other than die-hard Pacquiao fans would be interested in seeing that fight.

There’s a lot of different directions that Pacquiao and Arum could go after this.  Arum additionally noted a possible late 2017 fight with Vasyl Lomachenko, but that still seems unlikely because of the weight discrepancy.  It’s could happen though, and I would love to see that fight.

I think the fight I would most like to see from Pacquiao is for him to face the winner of Danny Garcia vs Keith Thurman.  Pacquiao has never unified belts in a division in his career, and it would great to see him get a shot at that accomplishment against a worthy opponent.  There are promotional problems with that fight though, since Arum would rather Pac fight a Top Rank stablemate than an Al Haymon advised fighter (both Thurman and Garcia are).  Hopefully, even if they do take the less interesting fight with Horn, it will set Pacquiao up for something more compelling in late 2017.

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