Juan Manuel Marquez is a credible resource person about anything Manny Pacquiao. The legendary Mexican boxer has faced the Filipino boxing icon four times, beating him in domineering fashion the last time they fought in 2012.
When asked who among the current crop of possible opponents would give Pacquiao a run for his money, Marquez said it would be none other than reigning World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
“They are very good opponents like Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman. They are top level opponents and they would be competitive, but with Terence Crawford there would be a great risk,” Marquez told Golpe a Golpe via BoxingScene. “We know the boxing quality of Terence Crawford, who can fight from both stances, who can handle the speed, has a strong punch, has the style to give him a competitive fight.”
Crawford will face WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol on Saturday. Whoever wins the unification bout will be one step closer to setting up a fight with Pacquiao later this year.
It can be remembered that Top Rank CEO Bob Arum already booked October 15 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas just in case Pacquiao chooses to come out of retirement, as per Bad Left Hook. Pacquiao is now serving his first term as a Philippine senator, he is restricted from any boxing-related activities until early this fall.
Names like Jessie Vargas and Adrien Broner have also been mentioned as possible opponents for Pacquiao. If it was El Dinamita’s choice to make, he would like to see Crawford challenge the fighting pride of the Philippines.
“Broner could be difficult because of his defense, but we’ve seen that he falls short when he steps up against top level competition,” said Marquez. “For me, Crawford is a great opponent and he could give Pacquiao some real trouble. I think it’s a very tough fight [for Pacquiao].”
Even if Crawford vs Postol won’t garner substantial purchases on Saturday, a thrilling fight will do wonders for both fighters from a public relations standpoint. A positive feedback from boxing fans will cement the winner as a worthy adversary for Pacquiao.