By Leo Reyes, Digitaljournal.com
Manny Pacquiao’s first fight this year would likely be against WBO and WBC light welterweight champion and 2014 BWAA ‘Fighter of the Year’ Terence Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska.
Pacquiao, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas last Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, has yet to score a knockout win since 2009 when he scored a 12th round KO over Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
After his loss to Floyd Mayweather in May 2015, Pacquiao bounced back to score a unanimous decision win oven Timothy Bradley last year.
Crawford, who is also being promoted by Bob Arum, who has been Pacquiao’s longtime promoter, is expected to give Pacquiao a tough fight because of his speed and punching power.