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Terence Crawford eyes fight with Manny Pacquiao after knocking out Kell Brook

Terence Crawford said he was looking for a fight against Manny Pacquiao after defending his WBO welterweight title on Saturday.

In action for the first time in almost a year, Crawford improved to 37-0 with a fourth-round knockout of Kell Brook at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The American said afterward that he’s eyeing the 41-year-old Pacquiao, the WBA titleholder, as his next foe.

“I’m looking to secure a Pacquiao fight,” Crawford told ESPN. “We were close to securing a Pacquiao fight prior to this fight, but being that COVID was getting out of hand, the fans couldn’t attend the fight so we had to put a halt to it.

“That’s when we decided to go with Kell Brook. He was the next known welterweight that was available to fight. So now we’re going to go back to the drawing board and try to revisit that fight with Manny Pacquiao.”

Unbeaten WBC and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. has been touted as Crawford’s potential next opponent. Spence will defend his titles against Danny Garcia in Texas on Dec. 5. But Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum, believes Spence (26-0) is trying to duck Crawford.

“Errol Spence will try to avoid Terence Crawford as long as he can because he knows he can’t beat Terence Crawford,” Arum said. “You saw the performance tonight. He’ll take out Errol Spence in about the same number of rounds like he took out Kell Brook.”

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