Bob Arum Targeting Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence For Terence Crawford in 2021

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  • Top Rank boss Bob Arum says that they are targeting Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence for Terence Crawford in 2021.
  • Crawford will fight for the first time this year against Kell Brook on November 14, 2020.
  • Bud is a -2500 betting favorite to beat Brook on Saturday night.

Terence Crawford isn’t looking past Kell Brook. But he is looking forward to big fights next year if he is able to take care of business on Saturday night.

According to Top Rank’s Bob Arum, they are going to pit Crawford against Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence next year. Said Arum:

“The next fight is going to be, as far as I can control things, we’re not going to fool around, it’s going to be Pacquiao or Spence.”

Arum said that he plans to make a fight with one of them in the first half of 2021. He added that Crawford is looking for an increased pay in his Top Rank contract and fighting Pacquiao or Spence would help deliver that. Aum also indicated that giving Crawford these big fights would help his prized ward content and uninterested to leave Top Rank once his contract is due.

But before Crawford thinks about which fight will bring him the bigger payday, the task at hand is Kell Brook on November 14th.

Crawford vs Brook

Crawford will defend the WBO welterweight title against former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook this Saturday at Top Rank’s “bubble facility” in the MGM Grand Conference Center in Nevada. The bout will be Crawford’s first in 2020 and marks the first time he returns to the rings since his 9th round TKO win over Egidijus Kavaliauskas on December 14, 2019 at the Madison Square Garden.

It will be the fourth defense of the WBO 147-pound title which he won in 2018 against Jeff Horn. The 33-year old from Omaha, Nebraska has recorded stoppages of Jose Benavidez, Jr., Amir Khan, and Kavaliauskas in his first three title defenses. Bud has stopped his last seven opponents and is undefeated with a record of 36-0 with 27 knockouts.

Crawford is a massive -2500 to beat Brook who is currently listed at +850. The Sheffield native is 39-2 with 27 knockouts. He has won three straight bouts since losing his IBF 147-pound title to Errol Spence Jr. in May 2017. However, many have been saying that the 34-year old Brook is over the hill and has not faced a quality opposition since losing back to back fights to Genndiy Golovkin and Spence.

Spence To Face Swift

Meanwhile, Errol Spence Jr. has a November 21 bout against former unified 140-pound champion and former WBC welterweight kingpin Danny “Swift” Garcia. Spence is a -360 odds on favorite to beat Garcia who is a current +290 underdog at the latest odds board.

The fight will be Spence’s first since suffering a gruesome single car accident last year. The undefeated Spence will defend his WBA and IBF belts against Swift. Garcia lost the WBC title to Keith Thurman in 2017 and failed in his bid to reclaim it two fights later against Shawn Porter. DSG is coming off back to back wins over Adrian Granados and Ivan Redkach.

Should Crawford defeat Brook this Saturday and Spence gets past Garcia one week later, they could be in line for a massive showdown in the first half of 2021. With the two owning 147-pound belts and their schedules aligning, the fight will be easier to make, as compared to Pacquiao who has an unscheduled bout against MMA superstar Conor McGregor in his 2021 schedule.

Pacquiao Booked To Fight McGregor

Last September, Pacquiao’s representatives confirmed that the 8-division world champion will be fighting the UFC’s pay-per-view superstar and two-time UFC champion McGregor in 2021. Pacquiao aide Jake Joson said that proceeds of Pacquiao’s fight purse will go to COVID-19 relief efforts in his native Philippines.

McGregor is expected to fight Dustin Poirier in a UFC bout on January 23, 2021. With the retirement of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Irishman could refocus his career on winning his old UFC belt. Should that happen, the confirmed Pacquiao bout could be put on hold, meaning Pacquiao’s availability for a possible Terence Crawford showdown could be put on hold as well.

Pacquiao would have been the bigger money fight for Crawford. The Filipino boxing legend is one of the most marketable boxing superstars of all-time and is still a big pay per view draw even in the twilight of his career.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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