Crawford Talks Pacquiao-Horn Ahead Of June 9th
Terence Crawford can’t see why Jeff Horn’s upset victory over Manny Pacquiao was controversial.
The 2017 fight between Pacquiao and Horn for the former’s WBO welterweight title, was in Horn’s hometown, and while some believe hometown bias played a factor, Crawford claimed it was anybody’s fight.
“I thought it could’ve went either way because Horn was winning a lot of the early rounds and he finished the fight very strong,” Crawford told BoxingScene.com. “Pacquiao, in the ninth round, he could’ve finished Jeff Horn, but he was tired just from being pushed around the whole fight. He didn’t have enough in him to do it.
“So I think it could’ve went either way, but if I had to pick [a winner], I probably would’ve picked – that’s kind of hard. Jeff Horn was kind of rough in there. I think he deserved the win, being that he took the fight to Pacquiao and he just looked like he wanted it more.”
Now, Horn will walk into another major fight as an underdog, but this time as the defending champion. Horn takes on Crawford on June 9th in Las Vegas.
The Nebraska native was an undisputed super lightweight champion, but relinquished the titles for a shot at Horn.
Crawford believes, that Pacquiao didn’t overlook Horn, just got caught on his heels.
“I don’t think he underestimated him,” Crawford said. “I think he didn’t expect him to last the way that he lasted, taking the punches that he took. I think Pacquiao trained hard for the fight. I just think he didn’t think Jeff Horn was gonna be so strong and aggressive.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene