Terence Crawford Crew Ready To Rock, Want Pacman First and Foremost

The kid wants it. He doesn’t want to let it marinate, and yes, he’s respectful of the legend that is Manny Pacquiao, but Terence Crawford is hungry.

He wants to figure out his next, he’s craving fighting three times next year, and he’d love for that first test to be the Congressman.

I chatted with Brian Macintyre, the trainer and co-manager of the fighting pride of Nebraska, Crawford, to see if he has any update of what would be quite the signature bout of the 29-0 (17 KOs) WBO 140 pound champion’s career.

What about it, does Mac think that Pacman would want that stiff test, in what he says will be his bye-bye bout, before he snags a Senate seat in the Philippines?

“We’re ready whenever, however,” Mac told me. “If they ready, we’re ready. Terence is in the gym and you know he respects Manny as a warrior…but he’s ready to beat Manny. And if it’s Lucas Matthysse or Viktor Postol, it doesn’t matter..Terence wants ’em!”

But yes, Pacman is first choice, and ideally, the Pacman brigade figures out pretty quick if he wants to go out with that proverbial bang, against a guy who MIGHT be in the cluster to be a dominator in the sport over the next several years in the post Mayweather, post Pacquiao era.

Me, if I had a vote, and I don’t, lol, I’d be aligned with Tim Bradley, who has fought Manny twice. He’s been there, done that, and then again..and he told Boxing Scene a few days ago, “I want to see Crawford get that Manny Pacquiao fight.”

He I guess is thinking what Manny of us are…wouldn’t it be nice to get that litmus test for Crawford, and nice for the fans to see a fresh pairing, not a somewhat recycled one? Hopefully, soon we all know…

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

I want to see it,... make it happen. Terence doesn't need a tuneup with Mattysse, ...LM doesn't fight anything like Pac anyway. If he loses he won't die, Crawford is as mentally tough as anyone else in the game. Postol on the other hand is even more intriquing a matchup due to his pure boxing skill. I'd love to see Terence vs either Postol or Pac,... lets see how good this kid really is, he aint gettin' no younger.


-stormcentre :

Yep, Terence V either Postol or Pacquaio. Even Mosley. Or Khan, Brook, Porter, Thurman or your boy; Ali. Don't bother me who; just so long as it happens. Gamboa and/or Walters V Lomanchenko too please; or any permutation of those three. :) :)


-King Beef :

I want to see it,... make it happen. Terence doesn't need a tuneup with Mattysse, ...LM doesn't fight anything like Pac anyway. If he loses he won't die, Crawford is as mentally tough as anyone else in the game. Postol on the other hand is even more intriquing a matchup due to his pure boxing skill. I'd love to see Terence vs either Postol or Pac,... lets see how good this kid really is, he aint gettin' no younger.
I agree, he wants the fight, let him earn that torch. These other young lions should take note, the "lottery ticket" is gone.....for now. I got a funny feeling Bradley is going to get the call for PAC. Even though Bradley looked damn good....it was a unmotivated Rios, and I personally think Bradley could fight Pac 10 times and maybe eke out 1 win. I could be wrong, but aside for heart and hustle, he just doesn't have any 1 thing to neutralize Pac's advantages.


-SouthPawFlo :

Crawford and his people need to be slow with him in moving up in weight, he has he frame to be a legit 147lb fighter, but he was just fighting at 135 not too long ago.... Top Rank needs to match him with some guys at 140 for at least 2-3 fights and let him maybe go for the Postol fight if he doesn't get Manny...


-amayseng :

I want to see it,... make it happen. Terence doesn't need a tuneup with Mattysse, ...LM doesn't fight anything like Pac anyway. If he loses he won't die, Crawford is as mentally tough as anyone else in the game. Postol on the other hand is even more intriquing a matchup due to his pure boxing skill. I'd love to see Terence vs either Postol or Pac,... lets see how good this kid really is, he aint gettin' no younger.
Crawford has all the physical tools you can have, except for one punch ko power. The kid has a full arsenal, all he is lacking is experience against an elite fighter. LM would be a great test even though he just got destroyed. Postol I think is a great fight. Pac may be too much for him at this point. Floyd, the best fighter in the world did not have a good outing against Pac, to see a young lion with no experience against an elite could be very detrimental. I want to see this kid brought up perfectly he will be a star to watch for years. And he is very entertaining


-Radam G :

Crawford and his people need to be slow with him in moving up in weight, he has he frame to be a legit 147lb fighter, but he was just fighting at 135 not too long ago.... Top Rank needs to match him with some guys at 140 for at least 2-3 fights and let him maybe go for the Postol fight if he doesn't get Manny...
He is not dancing with Da Manny at 147lbs. The scrap will be at 140lbs. But it will never happen. Da Manny has no time to beat up this kid. It is just talk to get T-Craw on the undercard of Da Manny rematch with Money May or killing of Soft-chinned, lying-arse delusional diva Amir Khan. Holla!


-SuperLight :

I really like what I've seen of Postol. Could be quite the force at 140 pounds. Storm, how do you see Gamboa vs Lomanchenko going down? From what I've seen of those guys, Loma has him.


-Radam G :

I really like what I've seen of Postol. Could be quite the force at 140 pounds. Storm, how do you see Gamboa vs Lomanchenko going down? From what I've seen of those guys, Loma has him.
Apparently you meant Cuban Willie Rigo, not Cuban Ivan Gamboa. Holla!


-SuperLight :

Apparently you meant Cuban Willie Rigo, not Cuban Ivan Gamboa. Holla!
I thought Yuriorkis Gamboa had campaigned at featherweight, which is Lomachenko's division.


-stormcentre :

I really like what I've seen of Postol. Could be quite the force at 140 pounds. Storm, how do you see Gamboa vs Lomanchenko going down? From what I've seen of those guys, Loma has him.
Hard call now SL. Gamboa is definitely the more polished and flamboyantly skilled; but he has 3 major chinks in his - what is/was otherwise impenetrable - armor. 1) Hands too
?low. 2) Inactivity due to various reasons including (to some extent, like Rigondeaux) a legal/other disagreement with Bob Arum; the career maker/destroyer. 3) The impact of his loss to Crawford is difficult to quantify. Lomanchenko - particularly right now that he is pretty much well match practiced and in form in other ways too - is (to put it mildly) not really the kind of guy you want to face with just issues/points "1" and "2"; let alone all three. So, I don't really know because I haven't seen enough of Gamboa recently when he's in with the kind of competition that allows you to make judgment calls on top operators like Lomanchenko. Gamboa did make some silly errors of judgment with the Crawford fight/loss, that he probably can safely say he would either *not normally do or could correct. Such as, moving *up in weight to face Terrance immediately after a long layoff, and also the above point
?1). That said a lot of those issues, well at least, moving up in weight immediately after a long layoff, comes down to point 2; and money/eating. Hard to know whether Gamboa will resolve point 1 properly though; as these Cubans don't like to be told to change their style too much. Still, there's nothing like a KO loss to make you reconsider your most stubborn doctrine. That said, if the fight between Gamboa and Lomanchenko was (somehow) to take place, say, a year or so before Gamboa lost to Crawford; I would probably have backed Gamboa . . . . I think. The hesitation there is that Lomanchenko is pretty strong for his weight, and he has excellent countering skills. But, I think Gamboa may have been too fast and dynamic for him; as Gamboa - especially back then when I would prefer the fight to take place - was certainly no Gary Russell. Finally, despite the above-mentioned concerns/liabilities - I still think Gamboa gave a good account of himself against Crawford; with that loss. Just that Gamboa probably should have and could have (especially with respect to point
?1) done a little better under different circumstances. But now - for such a confident fighter that Gamboa was (and may still be) - he has a KO loss on both his record and conscious. Who knows how that will change him. :) :)


-stormcentre :

I really like what I've seen of Postol. Could be quite the force at 140 pounds. Storm, how do you see Gamboa vs Lomanchenko going down? From what I've seen of those guys, Loma has him.
Hard call now SL. Gamboa is definitely the more polished and flamboyantly skilled; but he has 3 major chinks in his - what is/was otherwise impenetrable - armor. 1) Hands too
?low. 2) Inactivity due to various reasons including (to some extent, like Rigondeaux) a legal/other disagreement with Bob Arum; the career maker/destroyer. 3) The impact of his loss to Crawford is difficult to quantify. Lomanchenko - particularly right now that he is pretty much well match practiced and in form in other ways too - is (to put it mildly) not really the kind of guy you want to face with just issues/points "1" and "2"; let alone all three. So, I don't really know because I haven't seen enough of Gamboa recently when he's in with the kind of competition that allows you to make judgment calls on top operators like Lomanchenko. Gamboa did make some silly errors of judgment with the Crawford fight/loss, that he probably can safely say he would either *not normally do or could correct. Such as, moving *up in weight to face Terrance immediately after a long layoff, and also the above point
?1. That said a lot of those issues, well at least, moving up in weight immediately after a long layoff, comes down to point 2; and money/eating. Hard to know whether Gamboa will resolve point 1 properly though; as these Cubans don't like to be told to change their style too much. Still, there's nothing like a KO loss to make you reconsider your most stubborn doctrine. That said, if the fight between Gamboa and Lomanchenko was (somehow) to take place, say, a year or so before Gamboa lost to Crawford; I would probably have backed Gamboa . . . . I think. The hesitation there is that Lomanchenko is pretty strong for his weight, and he has excellent countering skills. But, I think Gamboa may have been too fast and dynamic for him; as Gamboa - especially back then when I would prefer the fight to take place - was certainly no Gary Russell. Finally, despite the above-mentioned concerns/liabilities - I still think Gamboa gave a good account of himself against Crawford; with that loss. Just that Gamboa probably should have and could have (especially with respect to point
?1) done a little better under different circumstances. But now - for such a confident fighter that Gamboa was (and may still be) - he has a KO loss on both his record and conscious. Who knows how that will change him. :) :)


-brownsugar :

Interesting.. I think Lomo is to big for Rigo, but Rigo has a chance at 126, Gamboa lost his momentum and is winding down as far as his abilities are concerned..... Too inactive, stuck with a promoter that can only get him fights as a B side stepping stone, and enjoying his down time too much while ballooning up in weight has finished the kid as an elite fighter... He is still good but not good enough for the Lomenchenkos of the world. Gamboa needs 3 or 4 build up fights within one year and total dedication, but with his eagerness to return to the spotlight and his weak management team, it will never happen. I can see Gamboa working as a pot bellied Cuban announcer/interpreter in 5 years. In my opinion.


-Radam G :

I thought Yuriorkis Gamboa had campaigned at featherweight, which is Lomachenko's division.
But he last fought and lost to T-Craw at 135lbs. Holla!


-Radam G :

He has actually won one bout since losing to T-Craw last year. Holla!


-stormcentre :

Interesting.. I think Lomo is to big for Rigo, but Rigo has a chance at 126, Gamboa lost his momentum and is winding down as far as his abilities are concerned..... Too inactive, stuck with a promoter that can only get him fights as a B side stepping stone, and enjoying his down time too much while ballooning up in weight has finished the kid as an elite fighter... He is still good but not good enough for the Lomenchenkos of the world. Gamboa needs 3 or 4 build up fights within one year and total dedication, but with his eagerness to return to the spotlight and his weak management team, it will never happen. I can see Gamboa working as a pot bellied Cuban announcer/interpreter in 5 years. In my opinion.
Man, there's a lot of tangibles there with Rigo and Loma. Loma is probably bigger, as you say. But, far out man, those Rigondeaux skills could perplex and undo anyone several weight classes above/below where Rigo usually "champagnes". Said it before and I'll say it again; not sure when the last time was that I saw a fighter as complete and beautiful to watch as Rigondeaux - when he's up for performing. Gamboa, (2 years pre-Crawford and minus the low hands defensive liability) I could almost say the same thing for; scintillating. Bit guys are the very, very top examples of; A) An incredible amateur program, and masterful skills, balance, timing, and many other boxing dynamics. B) A stunning pedigree that has nationalistic origins that are themselves laid out on a foundation of - in some cases (especially to my eyes/mind) - noticeably superior techniques to any other boxing system in the world. C) How not just beautiful - but miles ahead of any other combat sport and/or martial arts - the sweet science can sometimes really be. Rigondeaux and Gamboa (or possibly who he was) are boxing spectator's - whom appreciate the finer aspects of the art - dreams come true. :) :)


-stormcentre :

Interesting.. I think Lomo is to big for Rigo, but Rigo has a chance at 126, Gamboa lost his momentum and is winding down as far as his abilities are concerned..... Too inactive, stuck with a promoter that can only get him fights as a B side stepping stone, and enjoying his down time too much while ballooning up in weight has finished the kid as an elite fighter... He is still good but not good enough for the Lomenchenkos of the world. Gamboa needs 3 or 4 build up fights within one year and total dedication, but with his eagerness to return to the spotlight and his weak management team, it will never happen. I can see Gamboa working as a pot bellied Cuban announcer/interpreter in 5 years. In my opinion.
Man, there's a lot of tangibles there with Rigo and Loma. Loma is probably bigger, as you say. But, far out man, those Rigondeaux skills could perplex and undo anyone several weight classes above/below where Rigo usually "champagnes". Said it before and I'll say it again; not sure when the last time was that I saw a fighter as complete and beautiful to watch as Rigondeaux - when he's up for performing. Gamboa, (2 years pre-Crawford and minus the low hands defensive liability) I could almost say the same thing for; scintillating. Both guys have mad skills that make me smile/jealous, and both boxers are the very, very, top examples of; A) An incredible amateur program, and masterful skills, balance, timing, and many other boxing dynamics. B) A stunning pedigree that has nationalistic origins that are themselves laid out on a foundation of - in some cases (especially to my eyes/mind) - noticeably superior techniques to any other boxing system in the world. C) How not just beautiful - but miles ahead of any other combat sport and/or martial arts - the sweet science can sometimes really be. Rigondeaux and Gamboa (or possibly who he was) are boxing spectator's - whom appreciate the finer aspects of the art - dreams come true. :) :)


-brownsugar :

Those guys are worthy of your praise, but Rigo is a natural bantamweight while Lomo is a gifted junior lightweight (almost). At the same weight I give Rigo the edge, but Lomo is naturally 15-20 pounds heavier. Gamboa is another tragic story of a boxer getting stuck with the wrong promoter. In some of his recent vids, Gamboa seems to have let himself go,....both mentally and physically, I hope I'm wrong. The difference between Rigo and Gamboa nowadays is Rigo gets UP for tough challenges and literally rises physically and mentally to the task, ....he can never be counted out.


-stormcentre :

Yes, I liked your above posts(s) description of Gamboa. I'm not expert on his personal life, but it sounds correct to me. Gotta say it again, rarely do guys combination punch like Gamboa does/did. My God he was almost perfect there for a while. Agree about the weight thing for Rigo and Loma, but didn't Loma - last year - after a but of argy/bargy say he would meet Rigo at 126 or just above?


-stormcentre :

I really like what I've seen of Postol. Could be quite the force at 140 pounds. Storm, how do you see Gamboa vs Lomanchenko going down? From what I've seen of those guys, Loma has him.
And now a question for you SL As - aside from saying ""never underestimate the possibility of a last minute KO (checkmate) from a fighter that knows how to set his targets up"" - I deliberately choose to leave your other thread's post #129 comment, alluding to how chess matches can't be won, alone; because I know you're a cool guy. Hopefully this question hits an interest within you related to boxing and traditional eastern martial arts. What technique-wise carries more potential for "force"/impact? A superman punch? Or, a traditional right (or Southpaw left) cross? Assume the same guy, same weight, and same technical/technique capacity. Take your time. I'm in no hurry.


-SuperLight :

And now a question for you SL As - aside from saying ""never underestimate the possibility of a last minute KO (checkmate) from a fighter that knows how to set his targets up"" - I deliberately choose to leave your other thread's post #129 comment, alluding to how chess matches can't be won, alone; because I know you're a cool guy. Hopefully this question hits an interest within you related to boxing and traditional eastern martial arts. What technique-wise carries more potential for "force"/impact? A superman punch? Or, a traditional right (or Southpaw left) cross? Assume the same guy, same weight, and same technical/technique capacity. Take your time. I'm in no hurry.
My man, I've not replied to the other post in question because I have nothing else to say there. I had to look up the superman punch to make sure it's what I think it is. I have no problem stating the right cross would have more behind it. I don't know the science behind it but I generally don't really trust anything with a jump. Maybe it's done to catch the opponent by surprise, buy some range (inefficiently?) or who knows why else. When I was a young and less dedicated lad I learned some skills from various martial arts, including things like a spinning heel hook. Moves like that came with the caveat that they were for exercise, or for the skill's sake, rather than any realistic application for self defence. That being said, I have seen flying knees and heel hooks in muay Thai and UFC highlights, but I imagine they are the exception to the rule. And, in all fairness, the heel hook is done with the ball of one foot on the ground. The flying kicks or two fists out seen in kung fu movies... even if physically possible I reckon there would be very little behind them. Anyway, to return to Crawford and the others in his and neighbouring weight classes, when I first started with my coach he had me check out Rigondeaux and Gamboa as two prime Cuban fighters. I still remember thinking first that Gamboa held his hands low, but had beautiful combos. Rigo is still my favourite guy out there, with Lomachenko a close second.


-stormcentre :

Yep, I wasn't asking you to reply there; just stating a fact and making a point at the same time. :) Evene with the liability, Gamboa was magnificent to watch. Sometime even more so (entertaining) than Rigo; as Gamboa almost always went on for the kill, took big risks, and got the most stunning stoppage wins. Gamboa is a master technician that was prepared to take risks and not change his style; much love for that - very few can do it as good as him and make it half as far. Rigo is a (is a master technician too); but more of sniper. Can't speak highly/enough of those two guys. What ever has happened to the welterweight Garcia? I think he too had a dispute with Top Rank and now his career looks to be on hold. He may be a good fight for Crawford; provided he's in shape. :)


-brownsugar :

I thought the superman punch was created soley for Brad Pitt to use for his role of Achillies in the b rated epic movie entitled "Troy" because that's the only place I've seen it used successfully, until recently some guy scored a KO with it( Storm mentioned his name in an earlier post)....... Only in the MMA.....lol.


-brownsugar :

I find it a little funny that the superman punch found legitimacy in the MMA. I'd like to see a boxer get caught with that punch.


-King Beef :

Interesting.. I think Lomo is to big for Rigo, but Rigo has a chance at 126, Gamboa lost his momentum and is winding down as far as his abilities are concerned..... Too inactive, stuck with a promoter that can only get him fights as a B side stepping stone, and enjoying his down time too much while ballooning up in weight has finished the kid as an elite fighter... He is still good but not good enough for the Lomenchenkos of the world. Gamboa needs 3 or 4 build up fights within one year and total dedication, but with his eagerness to return to the spotlight and his weak management team, it will never happen. I can see Gamboa working as a pot bellied Cuban announcer/interpreter in 5 years. In my opinion.
That is 1 fight where I would want both guys at their best weight, best everything to see who is truly better.