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Terence Crawford could return in November, little progress on Pacquiao fight

Kell Brook’s team has reportedly reached out to Top Rank to challenge for Crawford’s WBO title

Terence Crawford v Egidijus Kavaliauskas Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Despite his proclamation that he’d willingly sit out all of 2020 rather than accept a lesser purse, Terence Crawford could return to the ring by the time winter rolls around. Bob Arum tells ESPN that he’s spoken to “Bud” and trainer Brian Mcintyre, telling them that Top Rank is “looking at opponents” for November 14th or 21st.

Arum also shares Crawford’s (36-0, 27 KO) pessimism on the possibility of a big-name matchup with Manny Pacquiao.

“Obviously, if it’s Pacquiao and we can do the fight, which is a big ask because where am I going to put it? We can’t do it in the United States because there’s no crowds. So again, [some reports] that it’s Pacquiao and Crawford — it’s misleading.”

There is at least one other option, though: Kell Brook recently claimed that he could make welterweight for a title fight with Crawford and Arum confirmed that he’d been “contacted by representatives” for “Special K.” Scott already went into how paltry Top Rank’s welterweight lineup is, so I won’t beat that dead horse.

Any early predictions?

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