Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Crawford to Horn, Handlers: Listen, I'm Not Manny Pacquiao!

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – The conversation inevitably turned to Jeff Horn’s fight against Manny Pacquiao on Thursday.

The biggest win of Horn’s career, however controversial it might’ve been, was a point of emphasis during the final press conference for the Horn-Terence Crawford fight Saturday night at MGM Grand.

Crawford calmly listened to everything Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, and trainer/manager, Glenn Rushton, had to say.

terence-crawford (4)_8

When it was Crawford’s turn to speak, though, the undefeated favorite delivered a firm reminder to Horn and his team.

“Listen, I’m not Manny Pacquiao,” Crawford said. “I’m bigger, I’m stronger, I’m in my prime, and that’s gonna show come Saturday. A lot of people is comparing how he pushed around Pacquiao, but that’s not me. You know, Pacquiao’s 5-5, I believe, 5-6. You’re viewing that and comparing the Gamboa fight, when I got hurt, to this fight. But I done seen [Horn] get dropped. I done seen him get rocked.”

Lonergan interjected, but Crawford cut him off.

“Ain’t nobody interrupt you,” Crawford said. “I’m still talking. I’m still talking. So we’re gonna see come Saturday night who’s gonna be getting rocked and dropped.”

The 30-year-old Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, will make his welterweight debut when he challenges Australia’s Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) for his WBO 147-pound championship Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena (ESPN+).

Rushton got Crawford’s attention recently when he said that if Yuriorkis Gamboa could hurt him, the bigger, strong Horn clearly could hurt and even stop Crawford. Gamboa buzzed Crawford early in the ninth round of their lightweight title fight nearly four years ago, but Crawford came back quickly, dropped Gamboa twice, the third and fourth knockdowns he scored in their fight, and stopped Gamboa later in that action-packed ninth round.

Horn didn’t drop Pacquiao, but he manhandled the smaller former champion at times on his way to winning their 12-round fight on all three scorecards (117-111, 115-113, 115-113). Two clashes of heads, each ruled accidental, also opened cuts along Pacquiao’s hairline in the sixth round and over his left eye in the seventh round.

The Philippines’ Pacquiao was 38 when he lost his title to Horn on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, Horn’s hometown.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=marikudo;18844892]It's a robbery alright. Only australians, [B]the three judges[/B], and the referee thought otherwise. The whole world is laughing at the fake champion.[/QUOTE] The 3 judges opinion are the only ones that matter, he took the fight to Manny, and…

Comment by marikudo on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;18844819]I heard that Manny was taken to the ring in a wheelchair, used a cane to navigate into the ring, and managed to ALMOST stand up in the 10th round, but was robbed by australian judges, referees, ushers and commentators:boxing:[/QUOTE]…

Comment by PETUFF on 06-09-2018

Thats right Manny is only one ! you going get ko tonight!:boxing::boxing:

Comment by marikudo on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=markther;18844602]I have to admit. The build up for this fight was pure genius. It was promoted well. I am really excited about this fight tonight. The last time I was this excited was GGG vs Canelo. And it’s because they…

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=komandante;18844412]Horn win over Pac was a fluke, the great train robbery in Australia.:fu2::sad6:[/QUOTE] I heard that Manny was taken to the ring in a wheelchair, used a cane to navigate into the ring, and managed to ALMOST stand up in…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (14)
Top Headlines Cormier: Khabib is Crazy, Mayweather Will Beat Him Up Bad! Canelo: The WBC Has Been My Family Since The Beginning Dorticos' Coach Confident Second Time is The Charm in WBSS Miguel Roman Training Hard, Confident of Shocking Berchelt Photos: Canelo Honored By The WBC, Belted By Sulaiman Joe Smith Promoter: We Expect Beterbiev Fight Next, Not Bivol Andrade: I Want Big Fights, Not Face Lesser Guys Like Charlos Do Jaime Munguia Eyes December Fight, Takeshi Inoue is Possible Josh Taylor: Postol Gave Me Test I Needed, I'll Win The WBSS Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith in Play, Says Michel Hearn: We Want Wilder, We're Consistently Making The Effort Bellew: I 100% Believe That I Will Take Oleksandr Usyk Apart! Christian Mbilli Stops Luis Fernando Pina in Two Rounds Katie Taylor Aims To Make Statement For Boston Fans JJ Metcalf vs. Liam Williams Added To Frampton-Warrington Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding - Ticket Information Mayweather Reacts To Khabib: CBS, SHO - Get The Checkbook! Lebedev vs. Wilson, Zhang vs. Ustinov on November 24, Monaco Shakur Stevenson Wants Josh Warrington Sooner Than Later Lemieux Hopes To Return in December, Fight Canelo in 2019 Bob Arum: I Don't Believe There's An Al Haymon; He's Fictional Team Kautondokwa Praise Ruling on Saunders, Andrade Shot Frampton Open To Gary Russell, Smiles at Warrington's Style Lewis Benson Vows To Bounce Back, Wants Coyle Rematch Zolani Tete To Be Trained By Floyd Mayweather Sr. McGregor's Trainer Doesn't Rule Out Malignaggi Boxing Match Ricky Hatton Expects Very Big Things From Nathan Gorman This Bud's For You, Crawford's Stock Continues To Rise Adonis Stevenson: I'll Prove I'm Still #1, I'll Knock Gvozdyk Out! Mikael Zewski vs. Ali Funeka Set For Stevenson-Gvozdyk Card Rey Vargas Planning To Make Title Defense in December Felix Verdejo vs. Yardley Armenta Cruz on November 10 Ruben Villa Outpoints Miguel Carrizoza Over Eight Rounds Eduardo Hernandez Draws Heavy Interest From U.S. Promoters Wilder Offers Apology Over Mascot, Network Denies Injury Hearn: Chisora, Not Luis Ortiz, is Frontrunner For Whyte Kavaliauskas-Arriaza Winner Could Be Next Foe For Crawford Bob Arum: I Would Love To Make Crawford-Spence Fight Next Khabib To Mayweather: In The Jungle, There is Only One King! Crawford-Benavidez Does Big Ratings For ESPN
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement