Terence Crawford is emerging as a potential boxing superstar after the spectacular way he won his latest fight, prompting his promoter to say that Filipino legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao could soon be an opponent.
Crawford fought in his hometown Omaha, Nebraska for the first time as a pro Saturday night and clinically dismantled Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round in a fight of the year contender, dropping the game Cuban four times.
Crawford, 26, retained his WBO lightweight (135 pounds) world title at the CenturyLink Center in front of almost 11,000 delirious supporters.
Gamboa, 32, who defected from his homeland to live in Miami, tasted defeat for the first time in 24 bouts.
This was Crawford’s 17th knockout in an unblemished 24-bout career.
Afterwards, his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank announced that in a year’s time there is a possibility of Crawford moving up to welterweight (147 pounds) to challenge Pacquiao, another of Arum’s fighters.