Terence Crawford Renews The Smoke With Errol Spence Jr

The welterweight division has yet another turnover moment, and WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford is here for all poking the bear moments.

Over the weekend, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao was routed by Yordenis Ugas, further placing the welterweight division in the hands of its two top names: Errol Spence, Jr. and Terence Crawford.

On the heels of Pacquiao’s defeat, Crawford took to the internet to bust a shot at Spence, who was supposed to face Pacquiao until his eye injury took him out of the fight.

Crawford took to social media and made it clear that he believes he is the best option for Spence’s legacy now that a Pacquiao fight seems irrelevant.

“Looks like Errol Spence gone need me after all tho. I know you really mad about that fight last night because I was, but not in a hating way, just in a missed opportunity way. Don’t beat yourself up about it get well, Champ.”

Terence Crawford has been ordered to fight former WBC welterweight champ, “Showtime” Shawn Porter(31-3-1, 17 KOs), by the WBO, with the fight going to a purse bid.

Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has had a cantankerous relationship with his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank recently over Arum’s perceived lack of saleability from Crawford.

To that end, there’s a chance the promoters for the fighters won’t be able to hammer out a deal to avert the purse bid, as Crawford is with Top Rank and Porter with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.

Haymon and Arum do not have the best professional relationship. However, the two have made deals in the past, most recently, Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 1 & 2, with the trilogy on the horizon for late 2021.

Spence is on the mend after eye surgery. With Ugas now the certified WBA champion and underneath the PBC banner, it is an easier fight to be made. Ugas made a legitimate claim to be his next opponent based on his unanimous defeat of Pacquiao.

However, the fans have been clear about Spence vs. Crawford being a legacy fight for the two of them. Crawford feels the same as they both had Manny Pacquiao on their hit list, but his future in boxing at 42 years old with a fresh title fight defeat is suspect.

With boxing always one deal away from a mega-fight, Crawford keeping the opportunity for a future Spence fight alive is a welcome move.

Now the proverbial ball is in Spence’s court.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.