That is according to his friend Steven Nelson. Crawford stopped Spence in the ninth round during the first fight to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world.
In the aftermath of the fight, the ’Truth’ made it clear that he wanted to run things back. However, the rematch clause dictated that the winner, Crawford, would decide the actual weight class.
Spence’s Problems With Crawford
Spence had indicated his desire to have the rematch at 154 pounds, something which Crawford was open to. But now it appears that 147 could be the weight. This is significant since a fight at welterweight puts Spence in a hard place.
By taking on the rematch, he does risk facing the same outcome as there were suggestions that he struggled to make 147. Meanwhile, by walking away, it would signify that he ducked the rematch, thus proving Crawford was the best of his era.
Regardless of what Spence does, he is in a predicament. And there is no getting away from that.
Facts… and to all the people out here spreading false narratives, Bud is offering Errol a fight at 147. If he doesn’t take it, which we’re hoping he doesn’t because it’s a waste of time, Bud wants to do sumn that’s never been done and move up 3 weight classes to beat Canelo https://t.co/39WpCdiUgU
— Steven “So Cold” Nelson (@SoColdNelson) September 15, 2023
Crawford-Spence At 147
“Bud is offering Errol a fight at 147. If he doesn’t take it, which we’re hoping he doesn’t because it’s a waste of time, Bud wants to do something that’s never been done and move up three weight classes to beat Canelo. Then he’ll fight Charlo at 168 for undisputed. Everything has strategy behind it,” said Nelson
This is understandable since Crawford is chasing legacy. The rematch with Spence does nothing for his resume, given the one-sided manner that he beat him.
And in truth, the chance to see Bud take on Canelo in order to become a three-division-undisputed champion is more appealing.
So moving forward, Spence will have to re-evaluate where he goes from here. And for Spence, the calls on him to retire from the sport will only grow.
Manny Wants To Compete At Olympics
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao has stated his desire to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in the hope of winning a medal.
The eight-division champion’s last professional fight was all the way back in 2021 against Yordenis Ugas. During the course of that process, it was clear that Manny was not the same fighter as ‘Father Time’ had caught up with him.
Thereafter, Pacquiao announced his retirement. Although he has had some exhibitions since then, a return to professional boxing has been ruled out. This is understandable since the 44-year-old has nothing left to prove in the sport.
However, when it comes to the Olympic Games, that is an entirely different matter. Pacman had expressed his desire to compete in the games during his youth.
However, his upbringing which had been marred by struggles with poverty, did not allow him to do so. Therefore, he now has the chance to make history.
“[I’m] waiting for that and I’m excited about it. From the beginning, I went to Manila to be part of the Philippine team, but I wasn’t picked, I was rejected … because they said I was not good. My heart and desire is to claim a gold medal in the Olympics,” Pacquiao
Nevertheless, before that can happen, Manny must undergo a qualifying process in order to get to the games. But given the vast experience at his disposal, it is likely that he will come through it.
Although that may be the case, the Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham Tolentino had confirmed that the limit for fighters who want to enter qualification is 40.
As such, an exception would have to be made in order to bring this about. But if there is one fighter who can command such a thing, then it is Pacquiao.
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