Crawford: Who Cares if Jean Sparred With Pacquiao?

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford has downplayed the fact that his opponent Dierry Jean, whom he defends his title against in Omaha later tonight had sparred with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao when Manny was preparing for his showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Crawford dismissed Canadian challenger Dierry Jean’s sparring with Pacquiao saying “who cares if Jean sparred with Manny Pacquiao. That’s sparring.”

However, Crawford conceded that Dierry Jean “is a good fighter. I am not overlooking him. There is a lot at stake for both of us. One of the secrets to my success has been to never look past an opponent or train less than one hundred percent for a fight. Its all about focus and keeping the blinders on. If you don’t respect the talent of the man in the opposite corner, then you are asking for trouble.”

But the champion insisted “this will be my show. Jean will not dictate the fight to me.”

The 28 year old Crawford who is undefeated with a record of 26-0 with 18 knockouts and is being considered as one of five possible opponents to face Pacquiao in his planned return to the ring on April 9, won the vacant WBO title with an impressive 6th round TKO over Thomas Dulorme last April 18.

He earlier won the WBO lightweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Ricky Burns on March 1, 2014 and then successfully defended the title against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ray Beltran and then stepped up in weight to win the super lightweight crown.

Crawford said that body-wise he feels “comfortable and much stronger at 140 than I did at 135.”

33 year old Haiti born Dierry Jean who has been fighting out of Canada most of his life has a record of 29-1 with 20 knockouts.

He won the vacant North American Boxing Federation lightweight title with an 8th round TKO over Mario Perez on June 13, 2014 and successfully defended the title with a 5th round knockout Carlos Manuel Reyes last March 14 before scoring a ten round unanimous decision in his last fight against Jerry Belmontes on June 22.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ELPacman on 10-24-2015

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;16163746]Pacquiao will destroy Crawford...fking dude got schooled by Little G aka Little Gamboa but Gamboa couldn't hurt him.. Weak resume... Pacquiao's tune up fights like Algieri and Rios are better than anything Crawford has done in his career... I can't…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 10-24-2015

Pacquiao will destroy Crawford...fking dude got schooled by Little G aka Little Gamboa but Gamboa couldn't hurt him.. Weak resume... Pacquiao's tune up fights like Algieri and Rios are better than anything Crawford has done in his career... I can't…

Comment by MBE on 10-24-2015

Yep you could stick a fork in pacquiao. The guy will never fight higher than rios-level competition, his days as a top p4p fighter are long gone.

Comment by Jc8804 on 10-24-2015

[QUOTE=STAX ON DECK;16163436]i cant wait till crawford cleans house at top skank and after beating pauqiaoo he moves up the ladder and joins al haymon to see what he can do against the real heavy hitters at welter[/QUOTE] He will…

Comment by Jc8804 on 10-24-2015

Pac playing basketball and and should be sparring soon . Salt water from the sea is good stuff

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