Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao avoided Terence Crawford, says lightweight contender Maurice Hooker

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Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao avoided Terence Crawford, says lightweight contender Maurice Hooker

Top boxing prospect Maurice Hooker states that he knew Manny Pacquiao was going to avoid fighting Terence Crawford. Hooker, who fights in the super lightweight division, said that the Filipino boxer will have trouble against the American.

“I knew Pacquiao wasn’t going to fight Crawford, Terence Crawford is younger and he’s got more skills than Pacquiao. I think Crawford would be too much for Pacquiao,” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 knockouts) stated to ontheropesboxing.com.

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“Pacquiao has one or two fights left and I think he wants to win a couple of fights, so they went with Jessie Vargas. That’s not an easy fight, I see them going toe-to-toe but It’s a good fight for Pacquiao. Vargas has a lot of heart but that’s a tough fight, I think there’s going to toe-to-toe action and it could be one of the fights of the year.”

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Hooker stated that Crawford would give trouble to Pacquiao, who will “run into a Terence Crawford right hand or straight left” because of Pacquiao’s aggressive offensive style.

Hooker also stated that he’s planning to stay at the 140 pounds division, which means he can possibly meet fellow American Crawford sometime in the future.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 knockouts) chose to face Jessie Vargas (27-1-0, 10 knockouts) in a bout set November later this year. Vargas is not a dangerous fighter like Crawford as he has only 10 knockouts in his career and is more of a boxer than a powerful puncher.

Pacquiao is coming off a win over Timothy Bradley last April and immediately announced his retirement. But he chose to return to boxing and fight again in his career.

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According to boxing rumors, Pacquiao will fight in at least two more bouts before retiring again from boxing. A fight with Terence Crawford in the future could still happen for Manny Pacquiao.

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