Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather: Max Kellerman praises one and torches the otherWritten by Joseph Herron
Since putting forth a pound for pound performance this past Saturday night in defeating formerly unbeaten WBC Super Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol, Omaha, Nebraska native Terence Crawford appears to be the fan favorite for a November 5 showdown with Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao.
On ESPN's sports talk show, "First Take", longtime boxing analyst Max Kellerman shared his thoughts opposite Stephen A. Smith as to whether or not he thinks Crawford will get the assignment.
"Absolutely," stated Max Kellerman on ESPN's First Take. "Given Pacquiao's nature, character and track record, I think he takes the fight."
While citing reasons why he believes the Pacman more than likely wouldn't "avoid" the current Super Lightweight champion at this stage in his career, Max could resist from torching long time Pacquiao nemesis, Floyd Mayweather Jr, in the process.
"Instead of letting the networks and the fans exploit the fighters, Floyd exploited the fans and the networks by not fighting the fights they wanted to see," Kellerman explained on ESPN. "By waiting for just the right time to fight just the right guy…when that guy means 'maximum reward/minimum risk'."
"It set a bad precedent from the fans' point of view for other fighters. Because what it taught other top fighters was to avoid risks when they're not worth money…wait until the risk goes down and the reward goes up, and then fight."
"From the fans' point of view, that's not what we want. We want the 'Pacquiao' model. Go head first into the biggest, baddest challenge. That's why Pacquiao has some losses, but that's what happens when you take real risks."
The HBO boxing analyst finalized his commentary by praising Manny for his seemingly unselfish and fan friendly career choices.
"As a boxing fan, I love the fact that Pacquiao takes on challenges, and Terence Crawford is the biggest, baddest challenge he could take on right now. And given Pacquiao's nature, character and track record, I think he takes the fight."
But will the Pacman's promoter, Bob Arum, and head trainer, Freddie Roach, feel the same way about the dangerous match-up?
Top Rank is expected to make an announcement concerning Pacquiao's comeback later this week.