New opponent emerges for Manny Pacquiao after talks collapse with Terence Crawford

Pacquiao reportedly wanted a $40million purse to face "Bud" Crawford, which proved to be one of the sticking points in negotiations.

Reports suggest Manny Pacquiao's proposed welterweight encounter with WBO titlist Terence Crawford is dead.

"Pacman", who hasn't fought since defeating Keith Thurman for the WBA version of the world title, was expected to take on Crawford this summer.

Negotiations had been ongoing and it was expected to take place on June 5 with Abu Dhabi hosting the spectacle.

However, a fall-out over delivering purses and the site fee has seen talks breakdown and Pacquiao will now look elsewhere with Errol Spence Jr. a potential fight pencilled in for July.

Spence was expected to face Yordenis Ugas next although nothing has been confirmed. 

"The Truth" would love a showdown with the sport's only eight-division ruler but it will all come down to whether it generates enough money with Pacquiao wanting $40million for his return to the ring.

Conor McGregor's defeat to Dustin Poirier was a big blow for both men, who had verbally agreed to collide this summer.

An estimated $100million purse was expected for Pacquiao with some of the proceedings going towards his nation's battle with Coronavirus.

Garcia confident of securing Pacquiao fight

Pacquiao, 42, had previously looked at facing Mikey Garcia in 2020 prior to the pandemic, which has since seen the former focus on his role as senator in the Philippines.

"It's been in the works for a few years," said Garcia during a recent self-recorded video last month.

Mikey Garcia defeated Adrien Broner via unanimous decision in 2017
Mikey Garcia defeated Adrien Broner via unanimous decision in 2017

"In the last few weeks, we've been getting very close to finalizing this. I'm pretty excited. Hopefully, we can get the exact date within the next few days.

"We're trying to get everything done for May. So far, it seems like all the parties are on board so I'm excited."

Garcia - a four-division world champion - boasts a 40-1 record with a sole defeat coming to Spence in 2018.

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