Horn taking a big step-up against Crawford

Terence Crawford

Oh, there might be a consensus of popular opinion at any given point in time, but when all is said and done it still comes down to individual perception.

Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), the former two-division world champion who makes his welterweight debut when he challenges WBO 147-pound titlist Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, makes no bones about it. But taking home a disputed hometown decision against an aging fighter is simply a different challenge from the one facing Horn on Saturday.

His trainer Brian "BoMac" McIntyre says Pacquiao had Horn hurt badly in the 9th round and he hadn't hurt anybody for years.

A win over Crawford would surely catapult Horn to the near top of the welterweight division, but the win over Crawford will likely not be enough in some people's eyes.

Arum has both Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko under his promotion, and both figure to be attractions for the new ESPN streaming app. "We were always thinking we'd go to America anyway and have a fight, so why not now?" He will also finish the fight looking up at the lights as a result. And even if he finds a way to score on the inside by crowding Crawford in spurts, "Bud" has proven time and again he can command distance with his jab and box his way to a boring victory should he need to depend on those skills. "But I label myself as the No. 1 fighter in the world". A lot of people are comparing how he pushed around Pacquiao but Pacquiao is 5-foot-5.

"He's nothing that I haven't faced before in the ring", Crawford said.

"I strongly feel that I should have won it the last two years (2016 and 2017) as well", Crawford responded. So Horn agreed to a good payday to fight away from the comfort of home against a fighter some consider the top pound-for-pound boxer in the game. I'm bigger. I'm stronger and I'm in my prime.

The Crawford camp believe they can win inside the distance. The audience peaked at 4.4 million viewers, the most for boxing on cable TV in more than a decade.

Asked what Horn's biggest danger was, Crawford said: "Headbutts, elbows". "The future is direct-to-consumer". Like Netflix in entertainment, ESPN+ will be the place for sports in abundance. "Get used to it".

A re-score of the fight the following week again ruled Horn the victor but did little to change the perception that he was gifted a hometown decision and would not have got the victory had the fight been outside of Australia. That, however, might be another story for another day. The 30-year-old is a -750 chalk, according to Oddsshark, based on the fact that Crawford continues to dismantle anyone he steps in the ring against.

Crawford was called a "princess" by Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton when he questioned the legitimacy of the right hand injury he reportedly suffered, which saw the WBO welterweight championship bout delayed from the original April date.

"They're completely shocked and they start second-guessing themselves".

"It is what it is and I think Crawford is going to pay the price for his decision to wear these things".

"I'm talking to the corner asking 'how long, how long, how long, how many seconds?'" Get a bit of cortisone in it, just grind through it and get the job done. (Postponing a fight) is just not the Australian way.

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