Terence Crawford is getting a full on taste of a strange disease which afflicts only but a rare and super talented few. As with Floyd Mayweather, he told media assembled at Madison Square Garden on April 3 to hype his showdown on HBO versus Felix Diaz, some fans and media refuse to give credit where it is due, and keep offering higher hurdles to climb.
“You got a good fighter that’s on the verge of him being great, you want to do any and everything to see him lose. Same thing they did with Mayweather. You know, wanting Mayweather to fight a Triple G,” Crawford said. “Knowing how big Triple G is, but you want the odds so stacked against him so he just can lose. It’s never going to stop.”
So, he was told, they will want you to beat a Klitschko…and then still refuse to give due credit.
Pretty much, said the 30-0 hitter, the acknowledged best at 140 pounds, and the fighting pride of Nebraska.
It’s true, the kid is in a tough-ish spot. When he beat Yuriorkis Gamboa, they said Gamboa was faded. Beat Hank Lundy, and Lundy was better suited for 135. Beat Viktor Postol, and in retrospect, Postol was overrated. There is some revisionist history re-fashioning going on when Crawford’s being appraised, arguably.
But…his divisions were not STACKED during his time there. 147 right now is pretty stacked. Anyway, as was pointed out to the fighter, he is in basically everyone’s top 5 pound for pound list, anyone who’s doing one. The fighter himself, by the way, told the press he thinks he is No. 2, behind Andre Ward, at No. 1.
So, what fight could he take to GET proper respect. Manny Pacquiao? Crawford said he doesn’t pay attention to that potential pairing, he told us. “When they put all those blogs and website info I don’t pay attention. It’s bogus, just people’s opinion,” he said. “Anything’s possible. It’s just that I’m not focused on that. If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t. I’m young, in my career, I still got a lot left in me. He’s on the downside of his career. If it don’t happen, so be it. Pacquiao earned that right to go out however he wanted to go out. He fought everybody there is to fight, took on all the big and baddest challenges there was. So, I credit him in his career, he had an amazing career. If you decide to go out with whoever he wanted to go out with, he earned that right.”