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article imageWhy Terence Crawford isn't ready to face Manny Pacquiao

By Leo Reyes     Jul 2, 2014 in Sports
No less than long-time HBO boxing commentator Larry Merchant thinks Nebraska boxing sensation Terence Crawford is now ripe for a ring showdown with Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao following his knockout win over Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa last June 28.
Merchant, whose boxing insights and commentaries continue to be sought in the sport, believes 'Pacquiao-Crawford duel would be a barn burner.'
“I’d like to see Crawford fight Manny Pacquiao next. I think if he’s going to move up to 140 lbs as he said and to me the ideal weight for Manny has been 140, why not?” Merchant told
Merchant though isn't sure how his thoughts on the possibility of the Pacquiao-Crawford match will impact on fans who know their boxing.
“I’m sure people will think that’s a crazy statement. But Crawford is coming into his own and is one special boxer. And I think Manny has slowed down enough for where a young special guy like Terence can make it fight and possibly win,” explained Merchant.
Merchant thinks it is going to be a fascinating fight and if it will not happen this year, maybe it will next year.
“Now will the powers that be that know the sport more than me and you make the fight next? I don’t know. But I know they want to go to Macau and need an opponent and I’m not sure if they get the Marquez fight out there but it’s a thought. If it doesn’t happen now, make it happen next year. I think it’s a fascinating fight.”
Bob Arum, who promotes Crawford, has big plans for the Omaha native including a crack at his No.1 cash cow Manny Pacquiao.
"Down the road -- and it's very possible -- that a year from now we put him in with Pacquiao. That would be a huge fight and a great fight. If you really think you have a great fighter with superstar qualities, you move him that way, you don't protect him. You move a superstar into the biggest fights you can make for him, and that's what we are going to do." Arum toLd ESPN.
While it is true that Crawford, who is unbeaten in 24 professional fights with 17 of these fights ending in a knockout, has performed impressively against the top Cuban fighter, he obviously needs more ring exposure against tough opponents.
To put him in collision with the veteran of more than 60 fights at this time may not be good for his promising career.
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