Arum says Pacquiao didn’t pick Crawford because of weight demand

  • Bob Arum revealed why Manny Pacquiao picked Jessie Vargas over Terence Crawford
  • He said Pacquiao didn’t want to go down to the junior welterweight to face Crawford
  • Pacquiao is very busy as a senator and he doesn’t have enough time to work very hard to trim his weight

Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum revealed that the main reason why Manny Pacquiao picked World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas over WBO and WBC light welterweight champion Terence Crawford as his opponent for his comeback fight is because of the weight demand.

The veteran boxing promoter told Manila Times: “Manny chose Jessie because he doesn’t like to go down to the junior welterweight.”

Arum added that their talks about Pacquiao’s comeback fight were smooth.

“Manny is very busy as a senator and he doesn’t have enough time to work very hard to trim his weight. But I believe he can still be competitive in both weight class. Manny will train here in Manila after attending a press conference in the US in September.”

Manny can fight anyone, but he chose Vargas because that’s what he wanted and that’s the best for him,” Arum said. “He doesn’t want to go down at 140. Maybe someday he will face Crawford.”

Pacquiao has been fighting as a welterweight (147 pounds) since 2012 and in order to face Crawford, he needs to lose weight.

Crawford previously said that he is willing to face Pacquiao but he intends to do it in the light welterweight division.

Boxing News 24 quoted him as saying: “It will be at 140.”

Crawford emphasized that he’s not worried about the “Pambansang Kamao” because as a fighter, he will fight anybody.

“If Bob Arum wants that fight and my coaches want that fight, that’s something we’ll talk about later. I let my coaches handle that. I am a fighter and I will fight anybody. I’m happy and I’m about to go on vacation. We not worried about Manny Pacquiao right now,” he said.