- Bob Arum said Manny Pacquiao agreed to face Terence Crawford
- He always believed that Crawford is the ‘perfect opponent’ for Pacquiao
- Crawford is set to face Viktor Postol for a title unification bout on July 23
Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum said retired boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is ready to come out of retirement and face Terence Crawford inside the boxing ring.
ABS-CBN News quoted the veteran boxing promoter as saying in an interview: “I’ve talked to Manny and he is willing to give [Terence the] opportunity.”
Arum always believed that Crawford is the ideal opponent for Pacquiao.
When the “Pambansang Kamao” still hadn’t confirmed his retirement, Arum said: “If Manny beats Bradley and decides that he wants to keep fighting, then Crawford is the perfect opponent.”
Crawford was included in the short list of opponents for Pacquiao’s final match and he was actually hoping the “Pambansang Kamao” would choose him. However, Pacquiao chose to face Crawford’s good friend, Timothy Bradley. He expressed that he feels he is overdue for a big fight and hopes that he’ll get his chance to fight a big name in boxing such as Pacquiao.
He told ESPN: “I feel great about it. I feel like I was overdue for a big fight before I even won my championship. I should have already had a chance against a big name being that in my career I only had two fights in 2010 and three fights in 2011, so I really wasn’t getting the fights I needed then because I didn’t have a promotional company behind me.”
He is set to face Viktor Postol for a title unification bout on Saturday evening, July 23 (Sunday morning, July 24 in the Philippines), at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
At the moment, Crawford said his attention is focused on defeating Postol.
“I am not thinking about Manny Pacquiao at all. I am focusing on Viktor Postol, and that’s it. That is all,” he said.
As for Pacquiao, he announced his retirement after facing and defeating Bradley last April to focus on his political career. However, he opened up recently of a possible return inside the boxing ring.