Crawford is the favorite going into the bout, even though he is considered the B-side.
Bud Crawford’s ability to switch stances and his perceived higher IQ has been the reason why De La Hoya picked the WBO champion to win.
While that may have been the case, the Mexican still acknowledged that Spence would be a dangerous opponent.
“It hasn’t changed because they haven’t fought since I picked Crawford to win…I think that Crawford still has the ability, boxing skill, and IQ. You can see it.
“You don’t have to be a genius to know who’s the better boxer. Spence, don’t get me wrong, he’s a great fighter.
“So Spence has a tremendous shot of knocking him out if he catches him. He has tremendous power and a tremendous IQ.
“I strongly feel Crawford and Spence are both great fighters. But in my humble opinion, Crawford has the better ability. He has the better arsenal inside the ring,” De La Hoya
Although Crawford has stopped each one of his opponents since moving up to welterweight, Spence has questioned his power.
“A [his power is a] little bit [overrated]. He stopped everybody but I’m not those people that he stopped. I feel like I’m way better caliber than the guys that he fought,” Spence