Terence Crawford hasn’t been in the ring since beating Kell Brook in the fourth round of their showdown in November 2020. However, the American’s return to the ring may not be that far away according to the latest comments made by his trainer.
Brian McIntyre has teased that the reigning WBO welterweight champion could be set for a date on June 5th, with the Middle East a likely destination for the fight. No opponent has been announced for the fight, but McIntyre did throw a couple of names into the mix to whet the appetite.
Boxing News: Pacquiao Among Contenders
McIntyre’s comments would have caught the attention of boxing fans around the world, as he revealed that they were potentially looking at a fight with Manny Pacquiao. The legendary boxer hasn’t been in the ring since winning the WBA (Super) welterweight title in July 2019, which was his 62nd victory of his career. Pacquiao has shown no sign of slowing down, despite winning the title aged 40 and 215 days.
A showdown between the two would certainly be a classic occasion, which would generate interest from around the globe. Pacquiao has been linked with a number of different opponents since that victory over Thurman, which means that it is actually pretty difficult to predict who he will be in the ring with next. Talks of a bout with Conor McGregor have all-but ended after the MMA star was beaten by Dustin Poirier earlier in the year.
Boxing News: McIntyre Rules Out One Option
According to McIntyre, one fighter that Crawford will not be facing any time in the immediate future will be Shawn Porter. Porter was rumoured to be a potential next fight for Crawford, but McIntyre played down the chances of the fight happened. Porter last fought in August last year, as he beat Sebastian Formella to claim the WBC silver welterweight title by unanimous decision.
The American has lost just three times during his professional career, with the losses coming against Errol Spence Jr, Keith Thurman and Kell Brook. Thurman had also been a name in the mix, but that is another opponent that has been played down by the Crawford camp. Thurman hasn’t been in the ring since suffering his first career defeat in 31 fights last time out against Pacquiao.