Terence Crawford in a No-win Position against Manny Pacquiao?

By Unofre Pili
on Apr 07, 2017 09:23 PM EDT
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He is highly regarded as the one to take the cudgels when Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally called it a career. Terence Crawford, by handily eliminating all resistive forces blocking his march to stardom, is without a doubt on the right and seemingly harmless tract to follow the footsteps of his flamboyant compatriot who retired from the sport in 2015 with an unblemished record of 49-0. But just like everybody else, the 29-year-old reigning king of the light welterweight category also infers he couldn't please everybody

Before a press conference Tuesday at the Madison Square Garden in New York to announce his approaching fight, Terence Crawford said he never get the credit he deserve. In elaboration he made a remark, for his superior body size, his critics wanted him to move up to 140lbs during his dominance at 135 lbs. When he did and still making a very good living beating people at 140 lbs the same disapproving crowd would demand for his transfer to 147 lbs. The native of Omaha, Nebraska suspects his critics won't stop pushing him up to higher weights until they see him fall.

At 147 pounds, Terence Crawford (30-0, 31KOs) is on a collision course with the 38-year-old Manny Pacquiao (59-6, 38 KOs); one in which Crawford and his fans have been demanding from Top Rank Promotions.  But securing a fight with the 8-division world champion still remains in the wish list of Terence Crawford for one and one half years already. Instead, the comparatively lesser Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas were able to date, albeit in losing efforts, the pay-per-view star from the Philippines - and at the moment Crawford and Pacquiao are still oceans apart, literally.  Pacquiao is travelling to Australia to fight Jeff Horn on July 2 while Crawford is tasked to overcome the challenge of Felix Diaz on May 20 at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Should he get a chance to face Pacquiao in the future, Crawford has an issue though citing he is not going to get full credit in the event he is able to beat Pacquiao. Crawford believes his critics would simply reason out his opponent is already past his prime.

In fairness, however, the highly methodical and calculating fighting style of Terence Crawford - reinforced  with thunderous punching power - is indicatively a very real threat to Manny Pacquiao, regardless whether the fighting senator is still in his prime or not. Manny Pacquiao has had real struggles - and suffered losses - dealing with opponents whose styles resemble that of Terence Crawford.

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