Roach wants Pacquiao to fight Crawford next

roach467By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says he’d leaning in the direction of hoping that Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) faces WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) in his next and perhaps final fight of his career on April 9th next year.

Roach previously said that he wanted Pacquiao to fight former WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia next year, because he liked the idea of Pacquiao fighting a brawler. But in choosing Crawford, Roach is now interested in having Pacquiao fight a counter puncher.

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Pacquiao is too dangerous for Crawford, says Robert Garcia

Image: Pacquiao is too dangerous for Crawford, says Robert GarciaBy Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia is in agreement with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum in feeling that WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) is an ideal opponent for former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) to finish his long 20-year pro career against next year on April 9th.

However, Garcia believes that Pacquiao still has too much left in the tank for the 28-year-old Crawford to deal with, and he thinks it would be a very risky fight for Crawford to take.

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Arum: Pacquiao’s next opponent could be Khan or Crawford

arum33By Tim Fletcher:
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum appears to have whittled down the list of potential opponents for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight in April from three to two. The 83-year-old Arum previously listed Tim Bradley among the three possible options for Pacquiao’s last fight of his career on April 9th. But with Arum not mentioning Bradley now, it’s possible that he’s removed him from the list if he was ever seriously on the list to begin with.

It’s hard to imagine that Arum would try and ask the boxing public to pay to see a third fight between Pacquiao and Bradley when their second one last year was a mismatch with Pacquiao easily winning a 12 round decision.

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Terence Crawford won’t fight Tim Bradley

crawford6By Chris Williams: While Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is reportedly interested in potentially matching WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) against Manny Pacquiao or Brandon Rios in his next fight, WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) is not in the picture for the 28-year-old Crawford.

According to Dan Rafael, Crawford and Bradley are “good buddies and Crawford told me he would not fight him.” That’s unfortunate, because Crawford’s options are extremely limited once Pacquiao retires from the sport.

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Mikey Garcia says he’ll face Crawford if Top Rank lets him walk away

garcia7867By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) says he’ll gladly face WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) next if his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank will let him end his contract and walk away from the company so that he can look in another direction with his career.

Garcia, 28, hasn’t fought since January of 2014 in beating Juan Carlos Burgos by a 12 round decision. Since then, Garcia hasn’t fought since then due to him having promotional problems with Top Rank. Garcia wants to move on and Top Rank doesn’t appear to be interested in letting him. It’s unclear whether Garcia will sacrifice his career this way or if he’ll eventually give in and continue the remainder of his contract with Top Rank.

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Pacquiao vs. Crawford could be at 140

Manny PacquiaoBy Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum wants the proposed April 9th fight between his money fighter Manny Pacquiao and WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford to take place at 140lbs for Crawford’s WBO title, according to Philboxing.com.

140 is an easy weight for Pacquiao to make because he rehydrates to 144 for his fights. He’s already right there in proximity of 140 without him having to take a lot of weight off. Crawford is going to have a weight advantage over Pacquiao anyway.

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Crawford-Jean averages 1.071M viewers on HBO; Golovkin-Lemieux 797K average in replay

crawford5By Dan Ambrose: In a sign that WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) might not be a good option for Manny Pacquiao’s April 9th fight, Crawford’s fight last Saturday against #6 WBO Dierry Jean (29-2, 20 KOs) averaged only 1.071 million with a peak of 1.2 million on HBO Championship Boxing, according to Dan Rafael.

The Crawford vs. Jean fight did only slightly better than the replay of the Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux fight on HBO, which brought in an average of 797,000 viewers with a peak of 1 million. The co-feature replay of Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria averaged 505,000 with a peak of 685,000.

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Arum: We’ll know who Pacquiao’s next opponent is by mid-November

Bob ArumBy Allan Fox: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he should know who Manny Pacquiao will be fighting next for his April 9th fight by next month in mid-November. Arum has narrowed it down to three fighters – Terence Crawford, Amir Khan and Tim Bradley – for that date, but Crawford is the one that he personally is talking about constantly.

It’s a decision that ultimately rests with Pacquiao in how he’ll be fighting. His adviser Michael Koncz says that Crawford isn’t the top of their list, which runs counter to what Arum is saying right now about Crawford being the top of his own personal list.

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Arum thinks Crawford would have a chance against Mayweather

Floyd MayweatherBy Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says his fighter WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) would have a chance of beating undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) if the two of them were to ever face each other. Mayweather recently retired from boxing last September after beating Arum’s best fighter in his stable in Manny Pacquiao in May of this year in the “Fight of the Century in Las Vegas.

Mayweather never considered fighting the 28-year-old Crawford because he’s too much of an unknown with the casual boxing fans, and he’s mainly only popular in Nebraska and with a small segment of the hardcore fans, who prefer to see pure boxing.

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Koncz: Crawford isn’t Pacquiao’s first choice for next fight

koncz888By Dan Ambrose: Michael Koncz, the adviser for Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), says that WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) is not the first choice that he and Pacquiao have in mind for his next fight on April 9th.

This runs counter to what Pacquiao’s promoter 83-year-old Bob Arum is saying in the media about Crawford being the No.1 guy right now. Why is Arum saying that Crawford is the No.1 guy without checking in with Pacquiao himself? It doesn’t make sense and it makes you wonder what’s going on with Arum.

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