Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum recently came out with an interesting statement.
Should the Pacquiao/Matthysse fight fall through, he would enquire Golden Boy about the possibility of Matthysse facing Crawford. At first thought, this may not seem like an intriguing fight but think about it for a second. Why would Arum want to match Crawford against Matthysse? I’ll give you three letters: WBA!
That’s right! Matthysse is the WBA regular welterweight champion. If Crawford wins that fight, that would put him in a position to face the WBA Super champion Keith Thurman. Arum is doing what you call “forward thinking” here which is smart.
Putting Crawford in the drivers seat for a potential fight with Thurman would force “One Time’s” hand eventually. Fans will want to see him fight either Crawford, Spence or the winner of Garcia/Porter.
As far as the Pacquiao/Matthysse fight falling through, that’s just speculation as of now. However, with rumors of financial issues involving investors in the event still floating around it’s something to keep an eye on.
By: Jerrell Fletcher