Crawford has had four fights at welterweight and while his opponents haven’t been bad they also haven’t been good. The Jeff Horn win was solid but not great and his three wins since have been on the same level. If he was just some random titlist then his run at welterweight wouldn’t look bad but hes a top 5 P4P talent. He’s been a world champ at welterweight for almost two years but hasn’t been able to tempt any of the top guys to fight him.
I don’t blame Crawford for not being able to get good fights but I do blame his promotional company Top Rank who haven’t made a huge effort to him fights. Its not entirely their fault as its unlikely they would have been able to get Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia or Errol Spence Jr as they are all big parts of the PBC plan at welterweight. Top Rank could have payed fighters like Yordenis Ugas or Jessie Vargas to fight Crawford as they are very good fighters but don’t have the profile or popularity of Errol Spence Jr etc.
I think that Top Rank could throw a LOT of money to get Keith Thurman to fight Crawford next as hes used up most of his options over on the PBC side and so it makes sense for him to “cross the street” and fight Crawford in a big fight. Al Haymon who effectively runs PBC has no problem with sending fighters to other networks as long as it makes sense money wise. Top Rank and PBC have done business recently with Fury versus Wilder 2 so we know that they can have conversations about fights.
These conversations about Crawford fighting a good welterweight have been going on ever since I really got into boxing and I just hope that we don’t have to talk about this in a year because Top Rank won’t reach into their pockets. Its not entirely Crawford and Top Rank as PBC have a plan with their fighters and so none of them are particularly bothered about fighting Crawford right now.