Top Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum said that Terence Crawford’s impressive victory against John Molina put him in the roster of Manny Pacquiao’s next possible opponents.
Crawford, 29, who is undefeated in 30 fights with 21 knockouts, won via eighth round technical knockout over Molina last December 10 in Omaha, Nebraska, to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight belts.
“You know I will to talk to Manny (Pacquiao) first thing next year and we are going to figure out who will be his opponent. Certainly, Terence Crawford will be in the consideration”, Arum told The Manila Times via overseas call. “I’m not going to bother Manny with boxing this year. I will start talking with Manny early next year. I’ve been away from boxing. I just arrived from New Zealand yesterday.”
Prior to his fight against Molina, there were negotiations for Crawford to fight Pacquiao (59-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts). Pacquiao ended up fighting Jessie Vargas last November 5, whom he beat via unanimous decision.
Asked if he was impressed with the way Crawford won the fight, Arum said: “I thought that was excellent and thought it was great. He punished his opponent, I mean that’s all you’ve wanted from a great performance and that’s Terence Crawford.”
Besides Crawford, Ukrainian WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1 record with five knockouts) is the other candidate as Pacquiao’s next foe. Lomachenko scored a stunning sixth round technical knockout win against Nicholas Walters last November 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Two best fighters in boxing other than Pacquiao. Two best pound-for-pound fighters are Crawford and Lomachenko, said Arum.