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Pacquiao's Potential Comeback Coach Sees 50-50 Shot Against Crawford

Manny Pacquiao’s possible return to the boxing ring is generating significant buzz, with his longtime strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, expressing confidence in the Filipino legend’s ability to face Terence Crawford. According to Fortune, a mere eight weeks of preparation would suffice for Pacquiao, who last fought in August 2021.

Pacquiao, at 45 years old, had been eyeing a spot on the Philippines Olympic team, but the International Olympic Committee’s recent decision not to grant him an exemption has shifted the focus back to professional boxing. Despite this setback, Pacquiao’s advisor, Sean Gibbons, emphasized that they are still waiting for the official Olympic decision in March before committing to other fights.

The potential matchup with Terence Crawford, the current WBC, WBA, WBO, and Ring Magazine welterweight champion, intrigues many. Crawford, a former two-weight undisputed champion, hasn’t fought since his victory over Errol Spence Jr. last July. Coach Fortune believes Pacquiao, with his exceptional athleticism and retained power, stands a 50 percent chance of winning against Crawford.

Fortune praises Pacquiao’s work ethic, labeling him a “gym rat” and expressing confidence in getting him in shape for the bout. He sees the fight as an opportunity for Pacquiao to prove himself against a current world champion, emphasizing that it’s not just a significant payday but also a genuinely competitive 50-50 matchup.

As speculation builds around Pacquiao’s potential return, fans eagerly await official announcements and the prospect of witnessing a legendary figure like Pacquiao take on a formidable opponent in Terence Crawford.

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