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Pacquiao asks Top Rank for $20-M purse


by Nick Gionco

Sen. Manny Pacquiao wants to resurface in late-April for a guaranteed purse of $20-million against undefeated American Terence Crawford.

“If it’s Crawford that Top Rank wants for Manny Pacquiao, then we’ll fight Crawford but we want a guarantee of $20-million,” said Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz yesterday after conferring with his boss.

The $20-M payday, of course, will be outside the revenue that Pacquiao will receive in the pay-per-view and other sources of income like TV rights, closed circuit and ticket sales, additional money that should jack up his earnings.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao shown here battling Jessie Vargas--is willing to slug it out with Terence Crawford (inset) for $20-million.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao shown here battling Jessie Vargas–is willing to slug it out with Terence Crawford (inset) for $20-million.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum recently spoke about a mouth-watering matchup between Pacquiao and the fast-rising Crawford and Koncz insists the Filipino champion’s camp isn’t afraid to make that fight.

But Koncz says that for a fight to happen, it has to be made for April so it would perfectly suit and adapt to the 38-year-old Pacquiaio’s hectic schedule as a lawmaker.

“The (Philippine) Senate will take a break starting mid-March and will resume sessions on May 2,” said Koncz, noting that Arum’s plans to hold Pacquiao’s return fight in late-June is not feasible as the Senate would already be in session by then.

Koncz says he learned a lot from the last fight when Pacquiao fought Jessie Vargas.

“It was a demanding schedule because after his Senate work, he had to go to the gym and train,” said Koncz.

Pacquiao (59-6-2 with 38 KOs), fortunately, managed to handle Vargas pretty well, flooring the youthful Mexican-American en route to a unanimous decision last November at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Crawford (30-0 with 21 KOs), 29, had little trouble disposing of Carlos Molina of the US in his last outing last December.

Koncz believes the asking price of $20-million is not being impractical as Pacquiao had been regularly getting around that same guaranteed amount except when he fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2015.

Pacquiao fought twice last year, first against Tim Bradley in April and Vargas in November.

The Bradley brawl was telling as Pacquiao decked his old rival twice before coasting to a clear-cut points victory.

Against Vargas, Pacquiao’s speed and power were in full display again but Pacquiao was unable to put him away as his stunned rival opted to go on survival mode following the second-round trip to the canvas.

Two of Crawford’s victims include many-time Pacquiao sparmates David Rodela, Ray Beltran, and Viktor Postol.

Crawford is regarded as one of the world’s top fighters regardless of weight class.

Known as a highly-technical fighter who is comfortable switching stance from right to left in a snap, the Nebraska-born Crawford, however, has yet to face an elite puncher like Pacquiao, something one of the Pacquiao’s feels will be crucial.

Nonoy Neri, who serves as one of Freddie Roach’s assistants, swears that Crawford’s gameplan will get messed up as soon as Pacquiao lands one of those sneaky lefts of his.

“Once Manny hits them, they start doing some other things,” said Neri, who shares training chores with the more established Buboy Fernandez.

“They all say the same things when they’re about to face Manny. They say that they’ll do this and do that to Manny but when they’re in the ring, they fail to do the things they promised to do,” added Neri.

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  • Michel Desgrottes

    Pricing himself out against top competitor in a new era where he’s not as big of a draw like he used to be, plus he better keep his word at 140lbs, besides what’s bud getting? He’s the champ

    • Roland Duca

      $20 million for Manny Pacquiao is not pricing himself out of the fight. Crawford and Manny are both champions but undoubtedly Manny is the draw in the fight.

    • MikeMadz

      $20M is his standard guaranteed purse.

      • Michel Desgrottes

        when he was poppin, not anymore

        • victorts

          Well, then stop going after Pacquiao.

    • Raleighwood007

      He is not pricing himself out of the fight at 20 million. That is a completely reasonable # for a fight of this magnitude and for the risk that Manny will be taking in fighting a guy like Bud! A guy I might add that Roach really doesn’t want Manny to fight! Boxing needs this fight to happen badly because of the atrocious PPV #’s that have been coming in post Floyd retiring! Arum has to see that making this fight is a very good business decision now and for the future to get boxing back on its feet in regards to PPV numbers!

      • Joe Mendoza

        “Risk” is the key word and hole in your argument. Pacquiao legacy is that he cherry picked old former champions, straight forward sloth opponents, or light hitting opponents and used catchweights. The only reason he rose to fame is those former champions gave a young prospect a chance . Manny refuses to give back to the sport. Had 20 million BS like situation been there in Pacquiao pre JMM fight we would never witness such a great journey Pac offered.

        • Will

          I totally agree! Both Cotto and Oscar had lost the fight before they even stepped into the ring with Manny! They lost the fight in having to make the catch weight. Hatton was never the same after losing for the 1st time and I’ve never seen such a poor game plan. He did the exact opposite of what he should’ve done in that fight.

  • Roland Duca

    A good fight, let’s have it on!

  • At least even if he loose he has $20 million guaranteed!

    • victorts

      Let us look at it as a retirement package.

  • MIKA & ME

    > “……but when they’re in the ring, they fail to do the things they promised to do,” added Neri.

    > Once Pacquiao gets off the ring he starts promising things that he fails to do.,

  • Raleighwood007

    20 Million seems like a completely reasonable # to me let’s make this happen!!!!! I can’t wait to see this 1 one. I haven’t purchased a PPV fight since Mayweather/Pacman Fight but I will be forsure ordering this 1!

  • Joe Mendoza

    20 million is definitely pricing himself out of the fight. No mention to Crawford purse which needs to be close to Pac’s after all he is undefeated champion.

  • Manny will be lucky if he is ever allowed back into the USA.

  • Charles

    Crawford did not fight Carlos Molina last month and no way will Pacquiao ever agree to fight him.