TERENCE CRAWFORD is reportedly in talks with Manny Pacquiao in a huge Abu Dhabi world title showdown on June 5.
The legendary Pac Man, 42, made history in 2019 when he became the oldest welterweight world champion ever by winning the WBA (Super) welterweight title.
Crawford, 33, has held the WBO strap in the division since 2017 and could now put it on the line against the Filipino icon in the Middle East.
Most fans have been desperate to see the American take on Errol Spence Jr, but the star has already rejected the idea of facing his rival and Vergil Ortiz Jr.
Instead, he seems to have been fully focussed on securing a big-money deal to face Pacquiao on a ESPN PPV.
The Athletic claims the potential showdown would need to take place in Abu Dhabi
That is due to it being the largest site fee on offer to stage the event.
Promoters Top Rank have allegedly told ESPN and In-Demand they want June 5th put on hold for the Crawford vs Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) bout.
And it will be a huge coup for Bob Arum if he can get the contract signed off.
Crawford’s promoter, who used to represent Pacquiao also, has been trying to get the two men to go one-on-one since they were both under his stable.
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Arum has confirmed he will make an announcement for his next fight next week.
Despite his achievements inside the ropes, Crawford has still been criticised over his lack of top-level opponents.
And despite Pac Man’s age, he would undoubtedly still provide the stiffest test of ‘Bud’s’ career to date.
It has also been reported by Boxing News that Crawford’s Plan-B option is Shawn Porter should he fail to take on Pacquiao.