Boxing News: Pacquiao Names Price to Fight Terence Crawford
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao has apparently named his price for a fight against Terence Crawford.
The current WBO and WBC welterweight champion has been one of the names on a shortlist for Pacquiao's next possible opponents. Even his long-time trainer Freddie Roach, who was initially against the idea, eventually saw the positive side of the likely showdown between the two champions.
"It's not an easy fight," Roach told Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV. "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."
The 29-year-old Crawford currently holds an undefeated record of 30-0, with 21 wins by knockout. He is fresh off an eighth round TKO win against John Molina Jr. last December 10, where he defended both of his belts.
Pacquiao, who turned 38 years old in December, is also coming off a big win against Jessie Vargas last November 5, in his return fight after a seven-month retirement. He was also able to bag the WBO welterweight title in the process.
Currently, Top Rank Promotions is still looking for the best option that would suit their most prized fighter. According to head honcho Bob Arum, he will be flying to the Philippines to personally speak with Pacquiao to work out a possible deal. But his adviser Michael Koncz has spoken on the Filipino boxer's behalf, where he also mentioned a likely monetary figure for them to say yes to the Crawford fight.
"If it's Crawford that Top Rank wants for Manny Pacquiao, then we'll fight Crawford. But we want a guarantee of $20 million," Koncz said via Boxingscene.com.
Koncz adds that Pacquiao will likely return to action in April, where the latter gets to have a furlough from his political obligations. Pacquiao is currently an elected senator in the Philippines.
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