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Crawford: Pacquiao is NO Champion, Thurman is WBA Champ

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is not giving any credibility to the WBA's "regular" welterweight title.

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao captured the belt back in July with a stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia.

Crawford is looking to fight other world champions - but he does not view Pacquiao as being one of them.

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Keith Thurman is viewed as the real WBA champion at 147-pounds, as he holds the "super" version of the belt.

Crawford only regards Thurman, IBF champion Errol Spence and WBC champion Shawn Porter as the real beltholders of the weight class.

"He's (Pacquiao) not a champion in my eyes. He don’t have the 'super' belt. That's [Thurman] the champion in my eyes," Crawford said.

"I look at the number one champion in the division. I don’t look at the WBC Silver and the Interim belts and all that. I look at the 'super' and the actual champion of the division. [Spence, Thurman and Porter] are the only champions. So, there are no other champions but them."

This coming Saturday night, Crawford will defend his title against undefeated challenger Jose Benavidez, who is a live dog but champion is still a massive favorite to win and to do it by knockout.

"My main focus is on Benavidez. As you can see, he's been doing a lot of talking, but while he's talking, I'm working. So, I'm not worried about nothing that he's saying or that he's trying to hype up. I'm focused and I'm ready to go," Crawford said.

Crawford’s trainer and manager Brian McIntyre agrees with his boxer's desire to secure a world title unification in the coming future.

"Realistically, we're going after the champions. You know, I don’t see any reason to be fighting the number six dude or number seven dude. We want the best fighters out there at 147-pounds," the trainer said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Big Dunn on 10-16-2018

[QUOTE=ADP02;19186228]So what I say about Floyd you want it to be kept out of the conversation? Man, you must really love the guy! :lol1: Floyd, Espinoza, Floyd Sr and Ellerbe all have said that Floyd is coming back. So he…

Comment by ADP02 on 10-12-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;19184802]Both are true. Manny is a fake champ. Thurman is the real WBA champ. But since he has a belt, IMO he should fight in unification fights. This is 2018, not 2015. we've talked about Floyd/Berto many times.…

Comment by McManus on 10-11-2018

I wonder how often Crawford and Arum talk.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 10-11-2018

Manny is no champ, but he is bigger name that will Crawford ever be.

Comment by The Big Dunn on 10-11-2018

[QUOTE=Bluebird;19182534]The best fight out there is Pac vs Money May rematch, 2 old legends, the 2 best fighters of their generation and both of them have the biggest fan base in boxing. Let the young lions fight each other and…

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