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Terence Crawford: Kell Brook not on my radar until Manny Pacquiao fell through

During a conference call to promote this weekend’s title defence against Kell Brook, WBO welter king Terence Crawford revealed Manny Pacquiao was his first choice opponent

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Terence Crawford (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)
Terence Crawford (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford has revealed that ex-titlist and his challenger this Saturday, Kell Brook, was never in his mind until a desired meeting with living legend Manny Pacquiao fell through.

Speaking to a host of media outlets, via Zoom, to promote the Brook fight, broadcast live on both sides of the Atlantic, Crawford stated that it was the Englishman who pushed for the contest and, given the current limitations imposed by the global Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Bud’ was happy to accommodate him.

 

“Actually, he was never on my radar, from the jump,” Crawford explained during a call that also took in his feelings about Errol Spence, Josh Taylor and much more. “This was a fight that he wanted, that he kept calling for. Once the Pacquiao fight did fall through, the next option, given the circumstances of Covid and whatnot, I must have been on his radar. He never was on my radar, but he’s on my radar now.”

 

Those around Crawford suggest that, should all go well on Saturday, a showdown with WBA ruler Pacquiao or IBF king Spence, who of course unseated Brook, should be the next step in the career of the three-weight world champion. For now, Terence is solely focused on the rejuvenated Brook, which could be bad news for the Brit.

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