Manny Pacquiao in advanced talks to face Terence Crawford in blockbuster title fight this year in Bahrain

BOXING legend Manny Pacquiao is in “serious talks” to fight undefeated WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford.

PacMan’s promoter Bob Arum says the fight could take place this year, with Bahrain a likely venue.

 After handing Kieth Thurman his first ever loss, Manny Pacquiao fancies doing the same to Terence Crawford

After handing Kieth Thurman his first ever loss, Manny Pacquiao fancies doing the same to Terence CrawfordCredit: EPA

 Terence Crawford is the WBO welterweight belt-holder

Terence Crawford is the WBO welterweight belt-holderCredit: Reuters

Pacquiao, 41, currently holds the WBA super welterweight title, winning it after inflicting Keith Thurman’s first ever loss in July last year.

Crawford became the undisputed lightweight champion in 2017 before moving up to claim the WBO welterweight strap a year later.

He has been chasing a fight against Pacquiao or WBC and IBF welterweight king Errol Spence Jr.

But Spence is working his way back to fitness after a horror car crash.

The American flipped his Ferrari, though somehow came out unscathed but was hit with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated).

Speaking to iFL TV Arum said: “We hope to get [Terence] Crawford and [Manny] Pacquiao in action this year through our friends at MTK.

“We’re in serious talks with Bahrain, doing major fights there.”

Talking about the chances of the Middle East hosting the super-fight, Arum added: “Well, let’s see what happens. Everybody wants to do these events until the time comes to put up the money.

“But I think with Bahrain we have a good shot to get it done.”

Pacquiao has been ticking over during coronavirus lockdown, even taking the time to train his son.

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