Teofimo Lopez was never going to blend in, even if he tried.

Currently, he finds himself in a position of power. With the WBO super lightweight title in his possession, Lopez believes he’s calling the shots. Could he take on the winner of the upcoming showdown between Regis Prograis and Devin Haney? Sure he could but it's unlikely. How about Subriel Matias? The IBF champ may have the sort of power that can knock down a building but Lopez isn’t exactly interested.

So who would Lopez like to line up against? Well, if the decision were his and his alone, he would take on a man he considers the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“Crawford,” said Lopez on The Porter Way Podcast when asked who would be his ideal dance partner.

The 26-year-old was never interested in feasting on nondescript opponents and bottom feeders. In just 14 fights, the talkative New Yorker took on an undefeated Masayoshi Nakatani. After picking up the win, he violently ripped the IBF lightweight title away from Richard Commey.

If that wasn’t enough, Lopez brazenly placed a target on the back of former pound-for-pound star, Vasiliy Lomachenko. If you thought Lopez would sit back and enjoy his accolades, you simply don’t know him.

Roughly three years after taking out Lomachenko, Lopez eventually moved up in weight and unseated Josh Taylor. Still, even with the big-time wins he has under his belt, Crawford, without question, would be the best fighter he ever shared the ring with.

The 36-year-old is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career, a lopsided beating against Errol Spence Jr., allowing him to become a transient undisputed welterweight champion.

Normally, Lopez sticks his chest out and brags about what he’ll do to a particular opponent. This time around, considering who Crawford is, he took the respectful route. Although winning is normally at the top of his to-do list, for Lopez, it isn’t about knocking Crawford off his throne and claiming it for himself. Instead, it’s all about the schooling he would undergo in a possible matchup with him.

“I love challenges. How else am I gonna learn? How else am I actually gonna be great?”