Crawford Surely in the Mix For Pacquiao Comeback

He won 2014 Fighter of the Year, courtesy the BWAA,  and he’s been knocked down the pins they set up for him.

The WBO 140 champ Terence Crawford (26-0, with 18 Kos) has another pin, in the form of Dierry Jean, that he wants to topple, this Saturday, in Nebraska, and on HBO; after that, he’s aiming at an XL pin.

Manny Pacquiao’s first fight back after that loss to “TBE,” and subsequent shoulder surgery, that would be a perfect slot for Crawford, says the Nebraskan’s manager, Cameron Dunkin. “What we want is Pacquiao,” Dunkin told me. “That fight makes him a star. Are we the lead dog in that hunt? No, Amir Khan is. But we’re very much in the mix. If it’s not Khan, we’re sitting right there. Of course, Juan Manuel Marquez says he’ll be coming back…But I think they want someone credible for Manny’s first fight back, and I think we can win that fight. Fighter of the Year, up for an ESPY…packing in 15,000 fans to see him fight…if he wins that fight, Terence, wow, he’s a real fighter!”

Dunkin is a straight shooter, he’s not prone to excessive hyperbole. He knows his kid is a star now, and just needs that signature bout to get to a whole ‘nother level. Yeah, a win over Manny, even this Manny, that would do that…

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

It is just talk. "Bud will not be the comeback scrap for Da Manny. And a pugging affair with weak-arse Amir Khan is looking dim. But I hope it is him. So he can lost "the holy war" that he wants with "the Christian." Holla!


-amayseng :

I love this kid he is phenomenal and entertaining. Can do it all. Though I think Pac is too much for him even at this stage. It would be nice to see Pac knock Khan out and see TC step up to the ww level to begin his takeover for when Pac is gone.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I don't think that Bob would do this to Pac. Pac is coming off of a shoulder injury and Crawford would potentially be a tougher opponent than Mayweather. Pac should fight Khan or Danny Garcia. I think he wins both of those fights, especially the Khan fight.


-gibola :

It's only an opinion but I think right now a sharp Khan might win big on points v Pacman. By sharp I mean the Alexander Khan, not the Algieri Khan. Pacman is getting older, getting injuries, slowing down, nothing lasts forever. I just hope it gets made, I think it's a very live fight.


-Radam G :

It's only an opinion but I think right now a sharp Khan might win big on points v Pacman. By sharp I mean the Alexander Khan, not the Algieri Khan. Pacman is getting older, getting injuries, slowing down, nothing lasts forever. I just hope it gets made, I think it's a very live fight.
I would love to see that scrap. And the Da [old] Manny would find Amir Khan's china chin and put him into a deep coma. Khan has always been more hype than speed and fight. And he is a religious fanatic searching for a "Holy War" with Da (ancient) Manny. Khan looked terrible against Chris Algieri. He barely edged him out for a victory! Holla!


-amayseng :

It's only an opinion but I think right now a sharp Khan might win big on points v Pacman. By sharp I mean the Alexander Khan, not the Algieri Khan. Pacman is getting older, getting injuries, slowing down, nothing lasts forever. I just hope it gets made, I think it's a very live fight.
I don't think Pac is slowing down as in a continuous declination, though he has slowed down for sure compared to 5-7 years ago as in everyone does by mid 30's. Though he at this level of activity still remains a force to be reckoned with and I see him beating Khan rather easily. Khan did not hurt Algeri once and barely edged him out where as Pac knocked Algeri down 5-6 times hurting him numerous times. Khan is inactive and fights now in spurts, he is on the declinatin as well. I would take Pac in an easy and decisive victory. Khan is quick and fast but not quicker than Floyd. Pac would not have to be catching up to Khan to time him and I would be surprised if Pac did not knock him out. Floyd has an A+ chin and Pac wobbled his legs a few times with a straight left. Pac can still crack.


-brownsugar :

There is a conflicting perception regarding Pac's abilities... several writters and many readers berate Mayweather for fighting Pac as if he hand picked Pac from the dust bin of declining mediocrity even though he's two years younger than Floyd who once captured the world with his blinding speed, endless combination punching, technical brilliance and relenless aggression. I think a younger Mayweather would have shredded Pac by breaking him down inside the distance. Today I think Pac is a better boxer than he used to be but he's also a little less physical, no longer a force of nature but more like a high powered engine of controlled combustion. Still one of the top 3 until proven different. I mean he can't be too shot for Floyd and yet too dangerous for top fighters like Khan, Thurman, and Crawford,... I think he fits somewhere in the middle of those 2 extremes. Crawford has the speed, power, lateral movement and boxing accumen to create a nightmare of an experience for pac inside the squared jungle. And that's exactly what the experience would be like, a dangerous and deadly jungle with Crawford providing too much lateral movement, counter punching ability, and head-to-body combination punching. Crawford unlike Khan, who I think has an excellent chance to upset Pac, is even more ruthless and mentally strong than Khan. I dont expect the fight to happen unless Crawford has a perfect night against Dierry ( a fighter who is good enough to make any fight turn ugly ), but if it does I favor Crawford by out boxing Pac via UD or by outright stopping him.


-Radam G :

I would not expect less from you. Rios, Algieri and Money May all were suppose to outright stop Da Manny. Both Rios and Money May were full of dat syet, and could do a darn thing with Da Manny. Bud would not be on that syet. So like Algieri, he would get dropped a few times and lose. But the fight will never be. So you can let your imagination run wide with Pinoy hate. Holla!