Crawford's trainer: If it's up to Roach Pac/Crawford is a "no"

December 7, 2016

By CJ Russell

Terence Crawford has a “stay busy” fight this weekend against John Molina Jr., who he is expected to beat.  The 29 year old Omaha, Nebraska native is one of the better known names in boxing at this point, but isn’t quite a superstar.

His trainer Brian McIntyre knows that for Crawford to reach that level, he’s going to have to fight a bigger name than Viktor Postol, who he beat earlier this year.  That is by far his biggest victory to date, but it’s no secret that Crawford wants to step up his career by facing Manny Pacquiao.

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Crawford hoped to face the Filipino superstar at the end of 2015, but Pacquiao chose to face Tim Bradley again.  Pacquiao then retired for a few months, and Crawford wanted to face him at 140 upon Pacquiao’s return, but Pacquiao wanted to fight Jessie Vargas at 147.

“We really thought we were gonna get that Manny Pacquiao fight,” McIntyre told BoxingScene.com. “When it didn’t go through, I was like, ‘Wow!’ As soon as Terence beat Postol, the first thing that came out of their mouth was, ‘We’re not fighting him.’ So it’s been kind of frustrating a little bit because we need Manny Pacquiao’s name, we need Floyd Mayweather’s name, we need those names to pass that torch off, so that we can continue to climb and elevate his career.”

When asked if he thinks Pac-Crawford will happen in 2017, McIntyre said, “I don’t know. You never know what those guys are thinking over there.  If it’s up to Freddie Roach, it’ll be a no.  But you never know what Manny’s thinking.  You never know what’s going on over there.”

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“What we do is we just stay in the gym, and we just keep ourselves prepared and just take one fight at a time, and just concentrate on the fighter that’s in front of us.  And then we’ll worry about that later.  We get that Manny Pacquiao fight, and we come out with that win, hey, we’re the next pay-per-view star.”

I hope that fight happens, but it certainly is hard to know what Pacquiao is going to do next year.  If Floyd Mayweather wants to fight, Pacquiao will 100% fight him, no question.  But it doesn’t look like Mayweather is coming out of retirement, at least from the way he’s been talking recently.

I think the most likely opponents for Pacquiao next year are Crawford or the winner of the Danny GarciaKeith Thurman fight.  Bob Arum has said that he wants Pacquiao to fight Vasyl Lomachenko, but if that happens it would be later in the year, and seems less likely than the other three fights because of the weight class gap.

For Crawford, I don’t think he has to face Pacquiao to be a PPV star.  He could face any of the four opponents that Pacquiao could face (especially Garcia or Thurman) and it would raise his stock considerably if he beat them.  But win over Manny Pacquiao would certainly be the fastest road to stardom.

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