Manny Pacquiao finds Terence Crawford alternative, but not Errol Spence

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Manny Pacquiao has found a long-awaited solution to his fight problem following the collapse of his battle with Terence Crawford. It’s not the unified king Errol Spence, though.

Much like the ill-fated Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua encounter, Pacquiao vs. Crawford has fallen apart. Bob Arum had revealed the news on both events.

Now, Pacquiao is at a crossroads in his career after being out of action for almost two years.

According to one of his many representatives, Arnold Vegafria, Manny Pacquiao is going back to the beginning. He will revisit a clash with Mikey Garcia.

The pair initially agreed on a two-fight deal in 2020. Those bouts fell through due to the pandemic.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Mikey Garcia

A year on and the encounter is back on the agenda, mainly due to failed negotiations elsewhere.

Since defeating Keith Thurman in July 2019, Pacquiao has missed out on fighting Conor McGregor, Crawford, Spence, and Ryan Garcia. An unprecedented and unlucky run for the Filipino Senator.

Garcia is keen to secure the challenge. That’s been clear from day one. It’s now up to both sides to thrash out a deal that works before it’s too late.


Pacquiao will be aiming to run for President in his home country by 2022. This scenario means he could only have two fights left in his career.

As WBN has reported many times, the 2019 Fighter of the Year wants one of those to take place in Las Vegas. It will be a final farewell to the boxing capital of the world.

The Garcia fight has Middle Eastern possibilities, but it certainly wouldn’t look out of place in Nevada during the late summer.

That’s what needs to happen now. However, the last thing the “Pacman” needs is another potential Pay Per View clash falling apart.

Fingers crossed.

Phil Jay is the Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America since 2018. And a member of the Sports Journalists’ Association. Follow on Twitter @PhilJWBN.