2017 started with hype for the boxing fans expecting a dream fight between Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford. However, the promoter and Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said, he is planning to have a Pacquiao’s next fight outside US that would air on free television without Crawford – who might have made it a pay-per-view event.
The fight between the two doesn’t make sense for Arum, who said –
“There’ll be no Pacquiao-Crawford fight in the first to six months of the year definitely,”
“The only way we can afford a Crawford fight is on pay-per-view and I would like to avoid pay-per-view for Manny’s next fight,”
Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser previously said that the veteran is demanding a guaranteed of $20 million to fight Crawford, who is a dangerous chap looking to become next Top Rank’s superstar.
According to Arum, the maven boxer is more than just a boxer because he represents the Philippines, it’s a good idea to go around places the same way Muhamad Ali fought so many fights outside America.
After beating Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision, the 38-year-old Pacquiao was crowned with World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt last November 2015 in Las Vegas. The fight aired on pay-per-view by Top Rank itself, which was sold over 300,000 units – a success according to Arum.
The preferred destinations currently on Arum’s mind are the Middle East and Australia. He is expecting a fight between Pacquiao and undefeated Jeff Horn (16-0 with 11 KOs).