THOSE in the know believe that Terence Crawford has the highest IQ amongst active titleholders in the sport.
For that reason, when the former lineal light welterweight ruler and reigning WBO welterweight titleholder speaks, many if not all listen with attentive ears.
The undefeated switch-hitter was a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, discussing a myriad of topics, including the career resurgence of future first ballot Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao.
When probed on the controversial result between the eight-division titleholder and Australia’s Jeff Horn, Crawford gave a surprising answer.
“I watched it again,” he told Joe Rogan.
“When I first watched it, listening to the commentary, I was like ‘man, Pacquiao is whooping him, why’d they cheat him?'”
“I wanted to fight Pacquiao because I was the next guy to fight the champion, so of course, I’m rooting for Pacquiao, cause that’s a bigger fight.”
Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) who defeated Horn last July in Las Vegas to capture the coveted WBO crown, praised Horn for his ability to roughhouse Pacquiao on the inside.
“After watching the fight again, they’re not saying nothing about all them shots Jeff Horn was hitting Pacquiao with,” he added.
“He was just brutally bullying him, roughing him up. They can say he was being dirty, sometimes he would headbutt, but it’s a fight. That’s going to happen.
“He was real life man-handling Pacquiao, pushing him around and you see Keith Thurman couldn’t even do that. He fought in spurts, both of them fought in spurts.”
The 31-year-old also offered an assessment on the Filipino’s dominant win over Thurman.
“I thought Keith was going to pick up but Pacquiao was only fighting the end of the round,” he said.
“Keith would come on strong at the beginning and people would think he’s winning the round. They would be like, Keith is winning this round, and then Pacquiao would be pow, pow, pow. He jumped in with the left and followed with a straight right, but that’s his punch.
“They were showing him hit other fighters with it. I take my hat off to Pacquiao.”
When probed on his interest in facing Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), Crawford believes the opportunity has passed him, citing failed negotiations earlier in his career.
“I wouldn’t say no [fighting Pacquiao],” he concluded.
“I’ve been mentioned, in talks to fight Pacquiao since 2014. We were in the same promotional company and they (Top Rank) couldn’t make it happen. I don’t think he’s interested in it.
“His coach (Freddie Roach) mentioned numerous times that he don’t want him to fight me, to stay away from me.”
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