Errol Spence sees no rush in facing Terence Crawford!
With his sensational prizefight with “Showtime” Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17 KO’s) officially in the books, the million dollar question is who will Errol “The Truth” Spence (26-0, 21 KO’s) fight next? There is already information out there that former champion Danny Garcia is in play for January 25, but for exploration purposes, lets look at other options.
Gauging Spence’s preference, there is little doubt that he would be facing WBA welterweight champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) in the first quarter of 2020. His name side-by-side the Pac Man’s, encased in marque bright lights is a sight that he’s been itching to see.
There is one catch with the Pacquiao fight though. Thus far, the pugilistic politician has not given any indication that he earnestly wants to mix it up with Spence. Sure he’s expressed his willingness to chuck knuckles with Spence, but there’s never been much fire in his words.
Needless to say, if the pride of the Philippines is not willing to sign on the dotted line, then Spence might as well move on. The Truth could wish it so until his head hurts, yet minus a willing partner, there will be no big dance.
OTHER OPTIONS ON THE TABLE
The next biggest fish in the division is WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (35-0, 26 KO’s). Boxing-heads have clamored for this ready-made classic ever since Bud released his strangle hold on the junior welterweight division.
Before entering the badlands of the savage laden welterweight division, Crawford reigned as the fully unified, undisputed junior welterweight champion.
When the deadly Nebraskan southpaw found his way to the 147lbs danger zone, many had already unofficially anointed Errol Spence Jr as king of the hill.
“Like I said, tables turn. You know, I been calling out Danny and them for a long time and now they stepping in the ring trying to fight me, so we’ll see.
“I mean, we are going to go look and see who the next great, good available opponent. If I can’t get Pacquiao, or nothing happens with Terence or anybody else then we’ll fight Danny Garcia.
“So, I mean it doesn’t matter, I think me and Shawn had a great fight, so you know, we might can do that again.”
Errol Spence – Unified Welterweight Champion
Unfortunately, just like Pac-Man is doing to him, Spence continues to make no effective effort to pen a fight with the undefeated WBA champion. As recently as the post-fight presser for his scrap with Porter, Spence doubled down on his capricious attitude toward a dust-up with Terence Crawford. In one breath, he says that he will look into pursuing the fight.
Later in the proceedings however, the Truth acted as if the tantalizing unification bout was as disposable as the cold fries at the bottom of the take out bag.
“It don’t matter, the last time that Crawford fought on pay-per-view he did 1oo,ooo buys. So, I’m not worried about Crawford right now. They don’t even really promote him the way they should be, so it is what it is.
“We’ll worry about Crawford when we get there, but like I said, Crawford need me more than I need him.”
Maybe he would fight Bud, maybe he wouldn’t. In either case, Spence is abundantly clear that he feels Crawford is the hard-luck charity case. So long as he aligns himself with the PBC, the Truth will have fights to make. This is very true.
IN DUE TIME
However, if Spence wants to accomplish the same undisputed feat at welterweight, which Bud mastered at junior welterweight, then there can be no avoidance of Crawford. Furthermore, if the Truth wants to retain the respect that he has garnered to his point, he will have to face those perceived to be his most dangerous rivals. At the moment, that’s Terence “Bud” Crawford.
Let’s just hope that the desire to prove supremacy prevails over politics. If so, we will mercifully be treated to a Spence v Crawford unification bout, sooner rather than later. Although, a word to the wise, it would not be a great idea to wager anything serious on the two fighting anytime soon!
By: Bakari Simpson