The fight will determine the undisputed welterweight champion, the first one of the four-belt era.
The pre-fight build up has been intense, with a fiery press conference as both fighters and coaches traded verbal blows.
The boxing community has been split over who will emerge victorious in a fight that could go either way.
Crawford is the slight favorite with the bookies, as Spence’s 15-month lay-off and two car crashes could prove crucial.
With that being said, here were the predictions.
Bob Arum: “I think he has more tools by far than Spence, who’s the naturally bigger guy. But I think Terence’s ability to fight with either hand is a big, big plus in boxing. Crawford’s performances were always spectacular, even though it didn’t appear so because his skills were so much above anyone that he was fighting. But he’s the goods. And I say this even though we don’t promote him anymore. But he’s still Terence Crawford and he’s a tremendous fighter.”
Freddie Roach: “I have Crawford. He goes out there with his game plan; he might turn southpaw in the first or second round. But he carries through.
“I like him a lot, I think he’s one of the best fighters in the world today. I think he’s more thoughtful; he sets up the counterpunch really well. His opponent is obviously there and aggressive, but Spence has had a rough life over the past year or so.”
Shakur Stevenson: “I think it’s gonna be a hell of a fight. I’m rocking with my brother (Crawford) forever. I’ve never really seen nobody work harder than Terence Crawford. I don’t know nobody on the planet that works harder than Terence Crawford.
“I can’t imagine Terence Crawford losing, so I’m definitely rocking with my brother, and I definitely, 100 percent believe he’s gonna win, and it’s not just because that’s my brother.”
Keyshawn Davis: “I’ve never seen Terence looking so good and working so hard. I’ve been training with him for a good while now, he is like a mentor to me. His focus is absolutely crazy. I have never seen him like it before. He will stop Spence, I am in no doubt.”
Teddy Atlas states Crawford’s fighting instinct and style set him apart from other fighters, making him the potential victor against Spence.
Oleksandr Usyk favors Crawford’s excellent boxing, as his skills give him the upper hand.
Canelo Alvarez expects an excellent match but favors Crawford due to his impressive combination of skill and power.
Dmitry Bivol favors Crawford to win due to his ability to switch positions and exceptional ring intelligence.
Andy Ruiz Jr. believes Crawford’s ability to box and move around the ring can be an advantage.
Eddie Hearn: “I favor Terence Crawford just by points or maybe a late stoppage.”
Zhilei Zhang: “I go with the older dog. Crawford by decision.”
Tim Tszyu: “I’m slightly towards Crawford, but it could end either way.”
Jonathan Banks: “I think Crawford has a better chance of winning…because Crawford goes for the stoppage every single time. If he hurts you, he is going to try and finish you.”
Manny Pacquiao: “The style advantage – Crawford has that advantage against Spence: “It depends how they prepare for the fight. I don’t think [it ends in a knockout] – it’s gonna be a twelve round decision.”
Mike Tyson: “Look what [Crawford] did to Porter and look what [Spence] did to Porter. That’s all I’m saying.”
James Tony: “Crawford by a knockout too.”
Mikey Garcia: “I think Crawford make adjustments.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “I strongly feel Crawford and Spence are both great fighters, but in my humble opinion is that Crawford has the better ability. He has the better arsenal inside the ring.”
Timothy Bradley: “Crawford’s counterpunching, he’s fast, quick, switches right and left.”
Kell Brook: “[I pick Bud because of] the way Crawford dealt with Porter and Spence’s car crash.”
Robert Garcia: “He is stronger physically and mentally he might be the stronger man.”
Jermell Charlo: “He trains too hard to lose. He’s an overachiever. He’s the best in the game right now at 147…I’m definitely okay with a first round knockout because as they say, ‘You don’t get paid for overtime,’ and you’re losing brain cells as the rounds go.”
Ryan Garcia: “I feel that Errol is going to do what he does. He’s going to put that pressure on him, and he’s going to start getting to him in the later rounds.
“It’s going to be a good fight, but Spence is obviously going to win by a decision. I think by unanimous, but we’ll see. Terence is a bad man too, but I got Errol.”
Kenny Porter expects Crawford to be overpowered by Spence.
Abel Sanchez predicts Spence will utilize his jab to win.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. favors Spence over Crawford.
Paulie Malignaggi: “I think Errol is too big, and I think the natural size is going to be a bit too much to deal with.”
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Eimantas Stanionis: “I’m leaning toward Spence. He’s the bigger guy, he has big amateur background. I just go towards him.”
Deontay Wilder: “I’m gonna have to go with Spence.”
Teofimo Lopez: “Part of me sides with Spence – only reason being he’s good at body shots. Accurate with them. He knows when to throw them. Southpaw.
“He’s a little bit more tall, lanky. I think that he’ll read Crawford a bit more. And also, on top of that, he has the ring generalship, he has the experience. He’s faced top-calibrated fighters. He’s collected each belt from each one.”
On The Fence
Badou Jack: “That’s a 50-50 fight. I don’t know. It’s a toss up. I like both guys.”
Sugar Hill Steward: “It’s one of those chess match things. [It’s] whoever would make the moves fastest. I don’t know who that would be.”
Chris Algeri: “I can see so many different ways. It’s one of those fights where it’s a true 50-50 fight, which is so hard to say in any kind of era in terms of boxing matchups.
“I could see Crawford stopping Spence. I could also see Spence beating up and stopping Crawford. That’s how crazy the fight is. It’s that kind of matchup.”