Boxing: Crawford calls out Manny Pacquiao after Brook KO

Dubai: There is just one man that everybody calls out subsequent to a win in the lightweight to welterweight division, and that’s Filipino boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao.

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Barely had he scored a reasonably impressive TKO win over Kell Brook on Saturday at the MGM Grand Convention Centre’s Bubble in Las Vegas than Terence Crawford turned his attention to the eight-division boxing legend.

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Before the fight Crawford (37-0-0) was hoping to prove that he and not Canelo Alvarez was the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and secure a fight against the unbeaten New York native Errol Spence (26-0-0).

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However, it was Pacquiao that Craword said he wants next after his fourth-round victory over Brook.

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His promoter Bob Arum, who has his own plans for Crawford, said: “Let me tell you something: Spence and Danny Garcia are fighting in December.

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“If they really want to make a big PPV, I’ll put Terence in with them one at a time. He’ll beat them on the same night. He’s far and away the best welterweight in the world.”

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While Brook was by no means outclassed, he was perhaps the victim being careless to the point that he even admitted, “I obviously got caught with a shot I didn’t see. … The better man won the night.”

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The showpiece event that had major implications on the lightweight to welterweight division got off to a slow start, but it was Brook who produced the first significant strike when he caught Crawford early in the fight with a solid jab that appeared to hut the American

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Crawford shifted to his southpaw stance in the middle of the second round which helped him finding more effective strikes.

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Come the fourth round Crawford picked up the pace when a solid right hand found its mark on Brook that rocked him and sent him into the ropes with referee Tony Weeks ruling it as a knock-down.

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Brook got back to his feet but a few seconds later, Crawford was all over him landing combinations that had Brook covering up in survival mode as Weeks stepped in to stop the fight.

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Crawford picked up a $4 million purse, while Brook earned $2 million for the loss. However, Crawford’s purse was significantly less than the $5.5 million he earned for his sixth-round stoppage of Amir Khan in 2019.

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