WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford is seeking out his next challenge at light-welterweight after Top Rank’s Bob Arum confirmed to WBN that the American is moving up in weight.
According to Arum, who spoke in-depth to WBN this week about a number of issues involving his fighters, Crawford could challenge 140lb title holder Chris Algieri in the New Year and star fighter Manny Pacquiao later in 2015.
Crawford has enjoyed a standout year in 2014, recording victories over Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa and most recently Ray Beltran, and is a certainty to feature on the WBN Fighter of the Year 2014 shortlist to be made public next Sunday.
The Omaha native has seemingly run his course at 135lbs and now looks likely to vacant his World Boxing Organisation belt in order to put himself firmly in contention to face some of the bigger names in the higher division.
“(Moving up in weight) That is what Terence says, that he wants to move to 140. A fight with Algieri is possible and we have talked about that,” Arum confirmed to World Boxing News.
Rumours that Pacquiao is considering moving in the opposite direction to join Crawford at 140 to set-up a future showdown if the Mayweather fight fails to materialize have been dismissed by Arum though, who says the Filipino could remain the WBO 147lb champion and still face the unbeaten rising star.
“A fight with Pacquiao is possible, but talk of Pacquiao moving down to 140 is ignorant because we can make a catchweight any way we want. Manny could still fight for his title at 141 or 142 against these guys (Crawford and others),” said Arum.
Asked whether WBC champion Danny Garcia and WBA title holder Jessie Vargas are in the frameto be considered, Arum answered: “Yes they are possible also (for Pacquiao),” who could make his return to the ring in June.