As discussed yesterday, the potential mega-fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford is as dead as 5 a.m. While extremely disappointing, it is not at the end of the world. Let us look at potential bouts for both men.
Errol Spence Jr. has more to choose from given that PBC and Al Haymon have put together an impressive fighting stable. Given how good the first fight was, no one would oppose a rematch with Shawn Porter. Keith Thurman could be a possibility, as is a fight against living legend Manny Pacquaio. While all fantastic clashes, it seems Spence has his eyes on Yordenis Ugas the WBA (regular) Welterweight titlist. Now, this is pure speculation at this point, but I am using Spence’s tweet on the matter as my source. It reads: “Will see who holding up what when I get this third belt”. Spence holds the IBF & WBC titles, and Crawford holds the WBO title (and we know that fight is not taking place).
Question? if I asked you right now, who Paddy Donovan, Xander Zayas, or Giovani Santillan are, could you tell me? Now in no way is this an indictment on the talent of any of these fighters. Top Rank simply has a void of quality names in the welterweight division. None of them at this stage would drum up any interest, sell well on PPV, or live gate ticket sales. This means he has to look elsewhere, which is fine except he is locked out of fights against PBC fighters because Al Haymon and Bob Arum are not willing to do business. Pacquaio remains a possibility, but he stated that he wants $40 million to take the fight. Vergil Ortiz Jr. won a version of the WBO title (which Crawford already holds) against Maurice Hooker this past weekend and called Crawford out after the fight. One can appreciate Ortiz’s guts in calling out Crawford, but most feel like the 22-year-olds chances would be between slim and none, and slim just left town.
Ultimately, like most fans, I am hoping against hope these two come to their senses and make the fight. Until then…