The sensational hall of fame career of Terence Crawford appeared to be stuck in neutral following his sensational TKO of Jeff horn to capture the WBO welterweight strap and become a three-division world champ nearly two years ago. In the nearly two years since Bud has gone 3-0 with all three wins coming by way of stoppage. However, the level of competition has been less than stellar, wins over Jose Benavidez, a washed-up Amir Khan and Egidijus Kavaliauskas. It was following the Kavaliauskas victory in which Crawford fought as more of a come forward aggressor loss the first three rounds was arguably dropped and ate a lot of shots for his efforts on his way to scoring a ninth-round TKO, that perhaps caught the attention of the other fighters
Crawford has been largely ignored by the PBC dominated welterweight division. Danny Garcia, Errol Spence, Keith Thurman all have wanted nothing to do with the WBO champ. Spence told him to pick up a belt and then come see him. When TBud obliged and picked up the WBO Spence said, well “Shawn Porter has a belt why wouldn’t I go the easy route” and Spence did refusing to fight Crawford. Keith Thurman said he’d be more than happy to welcome Danny Garcia to the welterweight division had no interest in fighting Bud because he hadn’t accomplished anything in the welterweight division. Pacquiao seemingly switched promoters and ran to “the other side of the street” to avoid Crawford. But did he appear vulnerable to the point that all these names, that avoided him in the recent past will want to now fight him?
It was a quick a sudden change, did the insiders as well as the elite fighters, see something in that Kavaliauskas fight? Crawford has inexplicably gone from being avoided like the plague, to now being the pretty girl in school that everyone wants to go to the dance with. According to promoter Bob Arum, they are in heavy negotiations with Manny Pacquiao for a fight. Pac, had no interest in fighting him when the fight was easily makeable for years when the two were under the Top Rank banner. Keith Thurman, in an interview with Ray Flores, changed his mind and all of a sudden had a change of heart about fighting Bud saying “Crawford knows he can get it, I’m a very simple man when it comes to the fight world and doing business. You know what I mean? Be real. Be real, send the contract, watch me sign it. You know what I’m saying?” Either one of these fights would represent the biggest and most lucrative fight in Crawford’s career? As would the next one:
154-Pound WBC Champ Jermell Charlo wants in on the action too after going on a verbal tirade against the welterweight champ and calling him out. Crawford seems more than unwilling to go up and fight the bigger man and if he wants to regain his pound for pound title that Canelo took from him when he stepped up and knocked out the much bigger man in Kovalev. Crawford could do the same in chasing Charlo. This is a real option. if Crawford is unable to secure a fight with either Pacquiao, Thurman or Spence, and maybe he can and maybe he cant, only time will tell, he absolutely should pursue a legacy-making PPV fight with Jermell Charlo.
Bud has been in or near the top of Pound for pound lists since stopping yuriorkis Gamboa back in the summer of 2014. He has put together a first-ballot sure fire hall of fame worthy career and if he wants to chance greatness and stay on par with Canelo why not! He has earned that and a Charlo fight although not our first choice, would be likely the biggest purse of his career and a career-defining and legacy-making victory putting but in a rare group of four-division world champs.