WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford just made the fourth defense of his title last night with his fourth-round TKO victory over Kell Brook.
He had an incredible performance over the much larger man. It was honestly surprising he got it done that quickly, no wonder ESPN has him ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Crawford improved his record to 37-0 with 28 knockouts with this victory, and he isn’t satisfied just yet. There are a couple big fights out there for him, one of which is Errol Spence Jr, who’s widely considered the No. 2 welterweight boxer in the world.
However, he wants the fight he was so close to closing in on before the Brook fight was signed, a fight with none other than WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.
Crawford was coming off the longest layoff of his career coming into his fight with Brook last night, which was only eleven months, while Pacquiao hasn’t fought since he won the title he holds now over Keith Thurman back in July of 2019.
Crawford had the following to say immediately following his victory over Brook:
“I already said who I want (next). I want Pacquiao. I want to revisit that fight.
“That was a fight that should’ve happened right now. But being that the pandemic happened, and they weren’t going to allow fans in the Middle East, they had to put a hold to that. Everything was 95% done. We had the venue. The money was almost there. It wasn’t quite there. That was the only thing we were waiting on.”
Top Rank‘s CEO and Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum, also had something to say regarding the potential bout:
“The money was there. The fight was going to take place in the Middle East. Then the minister of health said we can’t do it because we can’t guarantee that spectators would be allowed.
“Now they called us and said if Terence is successful, then we want to resume talks and see if we can do it in the spring.”
Should this bout take place next, who do you see walking away the victor?