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…