Boxing News: Arum to pit Pacquiao against Crawford if Filipino changes retirement plans

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Bob Arum in 2010 (Photo courtesy: Bryan Horowitz/Wikimedia Commons)

Boxing News– If Manny Pacquiao changes his plans regarding his retirement from boxing, Bob Arum is ready to pit him against one of the rising stars in the sport in Terence Crawford.

Manny Pacquiao’s final fight in his career is against Timothy Bradley, whom Pacquiao has already met twice before, on April 9, 2016. Pacquiao has said in many interviews that it would be his last bout and that he wants to concentrate on his job of being a politician in the Philippines.

Arum, the chief of Top Rank Promotions, which has Pacquiao under contract until the end of 2016, says he’s ready to promote the Filipino if he decides to stay in boxing.

“If he wants to keep fighting, of course I’ll promote it, but that decision is up to him,” Arum stated via “If Manny beat Bradley and decides that he wants to keep fighting, then Crawford is the perfect opponent.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s probable next opponent, Crawford is set to face Henry Lundy on Feb. 27. Crawford admitted that he had a difficulty finding a popular fighter to face.

“Everyone turned me down- everyone. No one wanted to fight me,” revealed Crawford. “We went to [Lucas] Matthysse, Viktor Postol, Mauricio Hererra… None of them wanted it. Even Pacquiao don’t want it with me.” Crawford said via the Examiner in this latest boxing news.

Arum said that he’ll pit Crawford against another opponent in June or July before trying to pair him with a big name fighter, possibly Pacquiao, later in 2016.

Crawford is a known knockout artist with 19 knockout wins in 27 victories in his career. The American is also undefeated so far in his career.

Photo courtesy: Bryan Horowitz/Wikimedia Commons

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