Manny Pacquiao is 38, but in November he took the welterweight title from Jessie Vargas via a wide decision at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford is in his prime, and looking for bigger and better fights. Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao and Crawford, would love for them to duke it out.
Crawford first has to successfully defend his two titles Saturday against Felix Diaz of the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York City (on HBO). Pacquiao must get by Jeff Horn in a July 2 title defense in Horn’s native Australia.
Then, we might have something.
“Would Pacquiao and Crawford be a good fight, a big fight, a big attraction? You bet your (rear end) it will and we will, all things being equal, we will do our best to make that fight,” Arum said this week. “I think the public wants to see it and the public will support it.
“Manny Pacquiao has been a great fighter and a great attraction. … Manny Pacquiao is the kind of guy who is not afraid to step up and fight anybody. Terence Crawford is the rising star in boxing.”
Crawford, 29, is all for it. But he intimated he doesn’t like looking ahead when he’s about to fight.
“No question, Pacquiao is someone I would like to fight,” he said. “But if it’s not in front of me, then I am not really worried about it.”
What Crawford should be worried about is how much Diaz would love to derail any of his future plans. Diaz has a professional record of 19-1 with nine knockouts after winning a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Arum suggested Crawford might have his hands full.
“Felix Diaz is an Olympic gold medalist and that means something,” Arum said. “A gold medalist has a lot of confidence and a lot of credentials and ability.”
Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) also seems to respect Diaz, 33.
“I never underestimate any opponent,” he said. “I just go in there and make sure I don’t get caught with anything. I don’t want to go in there…