Former two division world champion Timothy Bradley expects Terence Crawford to have a tough time with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn - at least at the start of the contest.
He expects Crawford to eventually find his groove and then take over the contest.
Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), who won world titles at lightweight and junior welterweight, is now trying to claim a third divisional belt.
The contest take place on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with ESPN+ carrying the fight.
After the smoke clears, Bradley expects Crawford to walk away with his hand raised.
He feels the undefeated pound-for-pound boxer will be too smart and too sharp for Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs).
"I see the fight starting off kind of rough, honestly. I think Horn, being a bigger guy, likes to move in quick, likes to get inside early, likes to work the pace and dictate the pace. I think he's going to try to close the gap on Terence really early and show him that, hey, this is a different weight class, this isn't 140 pounds now, this is a different weight class and different type of weight. I think he's going to try to push Terence back. Honestly, I think he is," Bradley said.
"I think Terence is going to struggle in the beginning only until he finds his rhythm. Once Terence finds his rhythm, meaning Horn's rhythm, then I think things will open up and Terence can control the distance from the outside and time Horn as he comes in.
"At the end of the match, I think it's going to be Terence Crawford with his hands raised. I think that Horn will put up a good fight, but I think Terence Crawford has too much precision, too much boxing IQ. He's a great counterpuncher. He can punch in between shots. There are just so many dimensions to him as opposed to a guy like Jeff Horn."