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Arum eyes Pacquiao, Porter for Crawford’s next fight

Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) - February 25, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has two names in mind as the next possible opponent of the undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28KOs).

One is Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KOs), and the other is Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17KOs).

Crawford himself has earlier declared that he wants to slug it out with Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in history.

Arum backed that up.

The veteran promoter said that while Crawford is also looking at Porter, he is most interested in going up against Pacquiao.

The Filipino boxing legend has demanded a $40 million purse or nearly P2 billion for the fight to happen.

Arum said if things won’t work out for the Pacquiao-Crawford showdown, Crawford will most likely take on Porter, a two-time welterweight titlist.

“(Shawn’s father and trainer Kenny Porter) came to our office two weeks ago to talk about a Crawford – Porter fight, and then out of nowhere the idea of a tremendous site fee, a possibility of doing Pacquiao-Crawford came up. Obviously, it’s more money for Terence. Terence would prefer a Pacquiao fight than anyone else,” Arum told Barbershop Conversations as reported by boxingscene.com.

“Yeah, we’re going to see what happens, and we’ll know this week whether Pacquiao-Crawford can happen. If it doesn’t happen, since (Errol) Spence clearly doesn’t want to fight Crawford, I think Crawford-Porter would be a tremendous fight.”

Pacquiao, 42, has not fought since pulling off a split decision over the previously unbeaten Keith Thurman to win the WBA ‘Super’ welterweight belt in July 2019. Just recently though, the WBA stripped him of his title for his failure to make a single defense of it.

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