Terence Crawford is the pound for pound king of the sport and no one at 147 seems overly eager to fight him. Spence said his name wasn’t mentioned as a future opponent, Pacquiao ducked that smoke and left Top Rank to not have to fight him. Dany Garcia turned down $3 million and a shot at Bud’s belt and pound for pound title to take a non-title fight for a fraction of the money. A Crawford-Spence unification fight is on top of every fight fans wishlist for 2019. However, Crawford’s trainer Brian Mcintyre doesn’t think that Spence is the toughest in the welterweight division. During a recent interview when asked who among the other champs, Shawn Porter, Spence, and Thurman would provide Crawford with his toughest test. McIntyre responded with “probably Thurman,” When the FightHub reporter rebutted with a reminder that the 5-foot-10 Spence’s size seemingly would trouble shorter Crawford, McIntyre pointed toward Thurman’s strengths. “You see what size does to you – nothing – when he beat Benavidez,” McIntyre said, referring to Crawford’s 12th-round stoppage of Benavidez in his last fight. “Benavidez is way bigger than him, taller than him. But that don’t mean anything. You know, his punches didn’t even move Terence. So, size don’t mean anything. But Thurman – he’s mobile, good with his punches. He punches from different angles.”
A Crawford-Thurman unification fight would be intriguing unfortunately Thurman who has only fought twice in three and a half years is scheduled to fight Josesito Lope in the Barclays Center on January 26th so he is unlikely to fight again in 2018. “One Time” has fought less than one time a year since 2016 and hasn’t fought twice in the same year since 2015 and now in his 30’s fighting twice in a six to eight-month span seems completely unreasonable to expect. So that fight would likely not come next for the reasonably active Crawford.
Garcia says beating Spence makes him best of his generation. In 2018 Mikey Garcia had a banner year capturing a world title in his fourth weight class and joining just Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters to capture world titles in every division from 126 up to 140. If Garcia wins any world title at 147 it will put him in a very elite group of five division world champs. He says that if he beats Spence it will make him the best fighter of his generation “There’s no one else out there that can motivate me enough and challenge me enough, like Errol Spence. And that’s why we’re going after Errol Spence. I wanna prove to everybody that I’m the best in the generation. And if I don’t get that kind of fights, then I won’t get recognized. That’s why I went after Errol Spence.” If he can beat Spence and that’s a massively big if, there would be striking similarities to Manny Pacquiao when he beat Cotto, a win that catapulted Pac to Fighter Of The Decade, an award that Garcia would have a strong case for should he pull the upset over Spence.
Broner calls KO of Pacquiao- Adrien “The Problem” Broner has finally gotten a chance to headline a PPV event and plans on putting on a spectacular show and predicts a knockout. Pointing out that the Filipino legend has been knocked out before Broner suggested that he has the timing to stop Pacquiao once again. “Timing beats speed, and everybody knows I got great timing Timing beats everything, and this is just a good time for Adrien Broner and Pacquiao to fight. I’m ready physically, mentally and emotionally. I’m ready to go in there and let it all hang out. In a fight like this, it’s proven that you don’t have to throw a lot of punches to beat Manny Pacquiao. ‘I may only have to throw one, and that motherf* will go to sleep. He been asleep before.” Broner is a four-division former world champ and Marcos Maidana says that Broner hits the hardest of anyone he has been in the ring with. So, Broner’s power has certainly translated up to the higher weight classes and will need that power as he is a prohibitive betting underdog entering the ring on January 19th.