Terence Crawford, who is young, cocky, and full of bravado, originally showed little interest in the pound-for-pound debate. His one and only goal in life was to win the world championship. However, the now 35-year-old saw his name appear on that list after repeatedly crossing that objective off.
As Crawford continued to crush his opponents, pride would eventually set in. The Omaha, Nebraska native is now confident that he and he alone should be regarded as the best boxer on the planet after dominating three different weight classes. However, his mental process is just speculation.
Although those fabled rankings change, Crawford gets upset when Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, and other competitors are placed higher than him. Crawford respects each person's abilities and achievements as a whole, as well as the rankings' creators' judgements, but he has a sneaking suspicion that in about two months, his name will be a permanent spot on everyone's list.
On July 29th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) will officially square off against fellow welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr. To a large extent, Spence is considered a dominant fighter and pound-for-pound star in his own right.
The skilled switch-hitter has been listening to his detractors trash his resume for years. If Crawford wins on July 29, he believes that his critics will be lying if they say that he isn't the finest fighter in the world.
“It’s just chatter,” said Crawford to MMA Fighting on SBN when asked about his position on the pound-for-pound list. "Some people have their preferences of who they feel is number one pound-for-pound but after July 29th, there will be no discussion or no conversation on who the number one pound-for-pound fighter is.”