Manny Pacquiao Update: Reasons Why Crawford Fight and Mayweather Rematch Are Not Happening Revealed
Manny Pacquiao is currently lined-up for potential big fights, but none of them are likely to push through.
Since his big win over Jessie Vargas last November 5, "Pacman" has been matched up against some of today's top boxing contenders. Two of the ideas that have been brought to the table are a possible fight against undefeated WBO and WBC light welterweight champion Terence Crawford, and a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Crawford has been matched up with Pacquiao since the latter was set for his retirement fight last April 2016. Instead, the Filipino boxing icon wound up facing rival Timothy Bradley for the third time, where he won via unanimous decision.
Initially, his trainer Freddie Roach was not a big fan of the idea of matching Pacquiao against Crawford, but he did have a change of heart and was more open to the idea after the Vargas win. But recently, Roach went on record to declare that the match-up was scrapped, mainly because Crawford "wants too much money."
"That fight completely went away in two weeks' time and then I was offered two new opponents, and he said which one would you rather have and there was one guy who was well known and one guy was not so well known," Roach told Boxingscene.com. "And I would rather take the guy who is well known."
Another possible match-up that reportedly left the table recently was a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. After a five-year tug-o-war, the two elite welterweights finally fought each other in May 2015, where Mayweather, as expected, won the fight, via unanimous decision.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, went on to reveal after the fight that he tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, limiting him to effectively compete during the fight. The reason and explanation were lambasted by the Mayweather camp, pointing to it as the main reason for the mere idea of the rematch to be scrapped.
"The Pacquiao fight is not going to happen because Pacquiao wasn't man enough to just admit that he lost without making up some bogus excuse," Floyd Jr.'s uncle Jeff Mayweather told On the Ropes Boxing Radio.
As of now, Pacquiao has yet to be given an opponent and fight date. His promoter Bob Arum, however, has so far penciled in April as the possible date of his return.
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