Trainer Freddie Roach says that former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao is going to have to agree to fight WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford if that’s the only fight for him. Roach sees the Crawford fight as one that can easily be made, as both guys are with the Top Rank promotional company headed by Bob Arum. Roach sees Crawford as a young Floyd Mayweather Jr. in terms of talent, but with more punching power.
Pacquiao recently came out of retirement to beat WBO 147lb champion Jessie Vargas by a 12 round unanimous decision. Pacquiao did not look like the same fighter that had beaten Tim Bradley earlier in 2016. He wasn’t able to fight as hard, and he lacked the explosiveness that he had in that fight.
If Arum can’t make a deal with the other promoters to match Pacquiao against the top fighters like Adrien Broner, Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, and Errol Spence, then Crawford might be one of the few options he has. The money is there for Pacquiao to fight the popular fighters though.
Pacquiao needs to make sure Arum is trying to make fights with them, because Crawford is not a great option. We just saw that recently with his 50,000 buys on HBO for his fight against Viktor Postol. If that’s all Arum has for Pacquiao, then maybe he made a mistake of re-upping with Top Rank when his contract with them expired a little over a year ago.
Since the Mayweather fight, Pacquiao has fought Bradley for a third time and then Jessie Vargas. The boxing fans didn’t want to see Pacquiao fight Bradley yet again, and the fans weren’t interested in the Vargas fight either. They want to see Pacquiao fight more interesting fighters like Broner, Khan, Garcia, Spence, Brook, Saul Canelo Alvarez and Thurman.
Roach said this to Fighthub.com about Pacquiao needing to fight Crawford:
“It’s not an easy fight,” said Roach about a fight between Pacquiao and Crawford. “It’s a tough fight, yes, but it’s one that we have to say yes to if that’s the only thing out there because we don’t wanna just be fighting nobodies and so forth to stay in the game. We still want to be the best…if you can’t be the best in something, or if you have no dream of winning another world title, you don’t need to be in this sport because you’ll get hurt.”
If Roach wants to have someone fight Crawford so badly, then maybe he should try and persuade one of his other fighters to do it, because it’s really not the best option for Pacquiao if he’s trying to maximize the amount of money he can make in the remainder of his career. If you only have maybe three fights left in your career, you don’t go waste one of them fighting a guy that brought in only 50K PPV buys in Crawford.
That would be a stupid move. If I were a fighter and my trainer was leaning on my to fight a non-PPV fighter that runs a lot like Crawford, I’d dump the trainer and find someone that isn’t going to pressure me, and who understands the business side of boxing.