Options to host planned Pacquiao-Terence Crawford bout? Middle East or Macau

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2020 11:08 PM

Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum said he might be able to work out a bout between his former fighter, Manny Pacquiao, and Terence Crawford.

He's looking at the Middle East and Macau as possible venues for the fight.

“I had feelers out before all of his happened with the coronavirus. Where it was pretty much down the line about getting a Pacquiao-Crawford fight on late in the summer or in the fall.” Arum said in an article posted on BoxingScene.com.  

"Then, of course, everything blew up. But I am optimistic that I will be able to continue with these talks in the next month or so. I talked to Terence and [trainer/manager Brian McIntyre] about it. It appears to me that Crawford and Pacquiao wanna go ahead with that fight.”

Arum had a chance to pit Pacquiao against Crawford back when the Filipino champion was still in his stable but it didn't work out.

Pacquiao eventually signed with Premier Boxing Champions and has since beaten Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman.

“I think the fight would have to take place outside of the United States,” Arum said about the proposed Pacquiao-Crawford fight.

“The question is do we do it in the Mid East or outside of China in Macau, how quick would they be to open up? We’re working on it. This is not a period of business as usual.”

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