Plan B for Bob Arum if Pacquiao-Crawford doesn’t materialize

Published August 12, 2020, 3:54 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Top Rank promoter eyes Pacquaio-Crawford outside US
Manny Pacquiao Terence Crawford
Manny Pacquiao and Terrence Crawford (File photos from Wendell Alinea and AP)

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is keeping his hopes up on a potential welterweight clash between Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford outside of the United States.

But Arum also told on Tuesday that having Pacquiao and Crawford in the same ring may be a distant possibility, which is why he already has Plan B on his mind.

That alternative would be a Crawford bout against British boxer Kell Brook.

“Terence Crawford, we’re trying to put together and fight with Manny Pacquiao, which would be out of the United States,” the veteran promoter said.

“Now, if we’re not able to do that fight and we have to do it in the ‘bubble,’ we are looking at having Terence fight Kell Brook.”

Arum also admitted that having Pacquiao as an opponent for the current WBO welterweight champion is pipe dreams compared to facing 34-year-old Brook, especially if they’ll push through with the plan of having a bubble concept much like the NBA.

Bob Arum
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum (Photo from Bob Arum’s Twitter account)

“To do a Crawford-Brook fight is a lot easier because it would be a fight that we would be in the ‘bubble’ here in Las Vegas,” said Arum.

There have been rumors that a Pacquiao-Crawford showdown is in the works, though MP Promotions CEO Sean Gibbons told that it’s “1,000 percent nonsense.”

Pacquiao hasn’t fought since wresting the WBA welterweight crown from Keith Thurman in July 2019.

Crawford, 32, defended the WBO belt for the third time last December with a ninth round TKO of Egidijus Kavaliauskas at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. Crawford is unbeaten in 36 fights, winning 27 by knockouts.