Mayweather: Crawford Is Pound For Pound Best
Floyd Mayweather Jr. leaves nothing to the imagination in terms of who is the pound-for-pound best in boxing.
“The No. 1 fighter in boxing right now, hands down, is Terence Crawford,” Mayweather told FightHype.com in an interview posted over the weekend. “The pound-for-pound, top fighter in boxing right now is Terence Crawford.”
Crawford most recently was the undisputed 140-pound champion, but relinquished his titles to move up to 147 pounds. Crawford is expected to return to the ring in April to challenge Australian, Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title in his 147-pound debut.
While ESPN.com ranks WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko at the top of their list, two spots ahead of the third-rated Crawford. The Ring magazine rates Crawford at No. 2 on its list, one spot below IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Mayweather who retired for the second time following his 10th-round stoppage of UFC star Conor McGregor on August 26th, believes Crawford is most worthy of the top pound-for-pound spot he long occupied.
“Terence Crawford, I just truly believe – he doesn’t have to be under my company for me to give a guy props,” Mayweather said.
“I’m not like that. If he’s ever free and he wants to go to another company, I would love to work with him, because I know what I can do to take him to that next level. … Raw talent, hell of a fighter. But there’s a lot of hell-of-a-fighters out there. And he’s one of the guys that’s – he’s a mother*cker. And one thing I like about him is, I mean, he reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather. He can fight his ass off. And that’s what I like about him.
“He’s a lot older than I was when he really started getting his props because I turned professional as a teenager. My career blossomed so fast because in under two years, I fought for a world title, which I truly believe I could’ve fought for a world title in my first fight. But it was all about patience. I’m glad I had patience. There was no rush. I [was] only 19 years old.”