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When Bob Arum teases a “main,” “large deal” combat announcement relating to Terence Crawford on a Sunday after which, two days later, an nameless “supply” immediately leaks information of Terence Crawford-Manny Pacquiao talks to the media, why aren’t extra BS detectors blaring?

I can overlook the followers perpetual willingness to imagine hype and tantalizing buzz. However, what in regards to the media?

Not lengthy after that supply whispered Crawford-Pacquiao discuss into The Athletic’s ear, the identical supply (I’m assuming it was the identical supply, anyway) flat-out informed ESPN that, whereas “discussions have taken place for a really very long time…the combat is just not but near being finalized” and that “if it does happen, Abu Dhabi is the focused location, and June 5 is the focused date.”

I imply, for fuck’s sake, the story that obtained picked up by nearly each boxing web site, was no story in any respect. Crawford’s folks and Pacquiao’s folks have had some talks. Nothing is finalized. Abu Dhabi is the place it must occur if these explicit talks lead to a deal. June 5 is the focused date– if the deal will get made. And, in comparable information, if pigs have been winged dinosaurs and misplaced their snouts, they’d be pterodactyls.

Sean Gibbons, long-time Pacquiao advisor and president of Pacquiao’s promotional firm, MP Promotions, would reply to the raging wildfire of “Crawford-Pacquiao is gonna occur” misinformation a day after the damaged story broke. 

“[This is] Bob Arum and [Top Rank-to-Pacquiao liaison] Mike Koncz nonsense,” Gibbons informed Inquirer.internet. “I don’t imagine that’s occurring.”

And it’s NOT happening– at the very least not in the best way it’s being introduced by the perpetually dim-witted boxing media and acquired by a fan base that doesn’t all the time pay probably the most consideration to what they learn and the place their data comes from.

The true story was that there was no story. It was simply that issues have been being talked about and that there’s, perhaps, presumably, a spot and date for the combat IF they do get issues put collectively. That’s all the unique tales mentioned. Every thing else was the secondary media taking part in phone, filling within the blanks for followers who desperately need one thing good to imagine in and speak about. 

And, perhaps, there’s no story in any respect. The timing of all this means that Arum is excited about making folks THINK one thing is going on. Arum is understood for sleight of hand, particularly with a fighter who’s up for contract renewal this yr and a serious community that will or is probably not getting a bit uneasy on the lack of BIG income fights being delivered to them. This wouldn’t be the primary, second and even eighth time Arum floated out a rumor about mysterious Center East cash males, stepping out of the shadows, desirous to bankroll a serious combat for certainly one of his guys, who simply occurs to be upset by an incapacity to get the massive combat he desires. Hell, this wouldn’t even be the primary time Terence Crawford heard  about mysterious Center East cash males, stepping out of the shadows, desirous to bankroll a serious combat for him.

Crawford-Pacquiao is a combat that has been perpetually out of attain, largely as a result of Pacquiao has by no means wished it. And Pacquiao’s lately reported $40 million payday demand for signing on to face Crawford appears to be proof constructive that his reluctance has not precisely wavered. Manny is sensible like that. Crawford would beat the adobo and lechon out of him and retire him in a method he most undoubtedly didn’t wish to be retired. It’s only a unhealthy matchup for the Filipino icon. He knew that in 2016 and he is aware of that in 2021. $40 million and the promise of 1 ultimate smooth contact farewell bout may get him to signal on the dotted line, however it’s extra possible that Manny was simply pricing himself out of a Crawford bout. 

(GASP. I do know…what a shocker! Manny Pacquiao is a prizefighter like all the remainder, measuring danger vs. reward.)

However with Pacquiao issuing a cash demand (nonetheless disingenuous it could be) and Crawford griping in regards to the lack of blockbuster fights coming his method beneath the High Rank banner, this positive looks like fertile soil for Bob Arum to plant certainly one of his patented Shittus Bullificus stink weed bushes. 

And the media is gonna purchase all of it, each time, as a result of they’re 1) Dumb and a couple of) Hungry to submit shit that brings them visitors. 

Anyway, this might all the time be the one time Arum is definitely telling the reality. Perhaps Crawford-Pacquiao does get made. The good cash, although, is that it doesn’t and that, by Could 1, we hear information about each fighters signing to combat another person. Then, perhaps, we’ll revisit this Terence-Manny stuff the subsequent time Arum’s seeking to divert consideration and arrange a bait and swap.

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