By Amado Inigo
MANILA — A possible title tiff between WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford and Sen. Manny Pacquiao is likely to happen in June 2021 after international reports surfaced Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) claiming negotiations between the two camps as accordingly ongoing.
The ESPN quoted top-notch boxing promoter Top Rank as to have confirmed to them that negotiations have taken place “for a very long time” even as it also quoted a report by the Athletic about the news of their fight.
The 42-year-old boxing senator who is also accordingly planning to throw his hat on the presidential derby in the 2022 national elections, holds a professional record of 62-7-2, 39 KOs.
He has not seen action up the ring for nearly two years since his win over Keith Thurman in July 2019 where he won the WBA welterweight title. The WBA recently declared Pacquiao a “champion in recess” due to his inactivity.
On the other hand, the 33-year-old Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) is coming off a decisive win in November where he knocked out Kell Brook. It was Crawford’s eighth straight stoppage win.
ESPN also added that should a fight between the two welterweights push through, it will take place in Abu Dhabi later this year.
“While the fight is not yet close to being finalized, if it does take place, Abu Dhabi is the targeted location and June 5 is the targeted date,” the source told ESPN.
Last month, Pacquiao announced that he was back in training camp though did not disclose any details as to who he will be facing. (AI/MTVN)