Unified welterweight king Errol Spence Jr. says that a showdown with three-division world champion Terence Crawford could happen within the next 12 months, as he looks to return to the ring before the end of the year. 

Spence, who has not fought since sustaining facial injuries in a high-speed car crash back in October, told The Last Stand Podcast that his top priority remains a clash with ring icon and WBA Super champ Manny Pacquiao, with Danny Garcia also in the frame for his return.

The WBC and IBF champion added that he does not want to move up in weight without facing fellow pound-for-pound star and WBO title-holder Crawford, suggesting that an all-American unification is possible for 2021 if their respective promoters PBC and Top Rank can agree financial terms. 

“Crawford won’t be my next fight, but that’s definitely for 2021,” said Spence. “My realistic goal would be Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, then Terence Crawford. I don’t want to leave 147 without fighting Terence.

“He wants the fight and I want the fight. It’s just a matter of time. We want to fight, but with Bob Arum and Al Haymon – the guys in the suits – they want it to make sense money wise. They want to make sure everyone gets their slice. 

“They want to make sure that’s right before the fight happens – the same with Floyd and Pacquiao. The money was so big, they had to fight. It’ll definitely happen – it’s just a matter of when.”