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Terence Crawford's trainer expects Pacquiao fight in 2017

Brian McIntyre believes Top Rank will try to build a "super fight" between Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao next year.

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With word going around that Manny Pacquiao will face Jessie Vargas next, you'd think that Team Crawford would be the most disappointed. Crawford is a rising star who has been looking to take the next step in his career by taking on a legend, but it appears that won't be happening in the immediate future. But as Crawford's trainer, Brian McIntyre, sees it, the fight is just brewing to become a bigger deal as he tells WBN.

"I think they are trying to make a super-fight in 2017," McIntyre exclusively told World Boxing News.

"It was down to Terence and Vargas in the end but I think they want to wait a little longer. I think they saw what Terence did to Viktor Postol two weeks ago and want to keep that fight for early next year."

McIntyre admits that he hasn't received confirmation from Top Rank's Bob Arum that this is in fact in the works, but he clearly feels comfortable enough about it that he's not broken up about losing the Pacquiao fight in the short term. McIntyre finishes by saying to Crawford will continue to campaign at 140lbs and that if Pacquiao does want to fight him, he'll have to meet him there.

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