ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

It seems like just yesterday that we were writing about Manny Pacquiao being the only opponent that makes sense for — wait — it was yesterday.

Crawford put together another dominant performance over the weekend when he stopped Felix Diaz in the 10th round and is in dire need of a challenge. At the same time, Bob Arum is in desperate need of a PPV star because 's "Tour of Mediocrity" isn't putting up the PPV numbers Arum saw from Pacman just three or four years ago.

That's why all signs point towards Pacquiao vs. Crawford as Arum's next move.

It was anticipated that getting Pacquiao to agree to fight a young, talented fighter like Crawford would prove almost impossible, but Bob Arum thinks it's a simple negotiation.

Manny Pacquiao is motivated by one thing at this point in his career, money. He's taken time out of his senatorial duties in the Philippines to collect fight purses twice a year and landing one more big check may mean the end for Pacquiao, win or lose.

That's why it's not surprising to hear Top Rank CEO Bob Arum say that Pacquiao is willing to take a fight against Terence Crawford if/when the money is right.

“Manny wants that fight if the money is commensurate with the risk,” Arum told “Now, he didn’t wanna do that fight and make the same money that he would make on a Vargas fight. You can’t blame him. And now that Crawford is becoming known more, I think that we could anticipate that a Pacquiao-Crawford fight would do a lot more business than Pacquiao-Vargas did. [More money is] one of the things that clearly should motivate Manny.”

Arum can see the benefit of having his two best fighters main event a Fall pay-per-view, but he also has another opponent in line for Terence Crawford.

“The guy I’d like to match him with is the guy who has the other two titles [Indongo], so it would be a nice fight for four belts on the line,” Arum said.

There's still something special about unifying the title in a given division, and it's a feat rarely achieved in this day and age, but the truth is that Indongo isn't going anywhere. Crawford can challenge Indongo next spring, summer, or fall but Pacquiao's career has an expiration date.

“So we’ll see," said Arum. "And then, if he wins that I would go to Manny and try to make that fight. It’s the biggest fight for Manny.”

Boxing's matchmaking has been superb in 2017. Thurman-Garcia, Joshua-Klitschko, Ward-Kovalev II, and Canelo-GGG have all been dream fights. Pacquiao vs. Crawford would fit perfectly on that list of evenly matched fights and more importantly, solidify Crawford as a true PPV boxer.


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