Look at most pound-for-pound lists, and right now, you will likely see Canelo Alvarez sitting on the top of the pile. And rightly so, Canelo has done so much, winning world titles at four weights, unifying the 168-pound division, consistently taking on the best fighters.
But Floyd Mayweather, who once ruled supreme as the pound-for-pound best himself, says Terence Crawford is the man.
Not only does “Money” feel Crawford, a three-weight champ and the current welterweight #1 (it’s up to Errol Spence to prove otherwise) is the best, he also wants to work with Crawford, “because I know what I can do to take him to that next level.” Speaking with Fight Hype, Mayweather had nothing but great things to say about the 38-0 Crawford.
“The pound-for-pound fighter right now is Terence Crawford,” Mayweather stated. “Everything about life is about time and patience. And Crawford, I just truly believe that he doesn’t have to be under my company for me to give him praise; I am not like that.
If he is ever a free agent and he would like to go to any company, I would love to work with him. Because I know what I can do to take him to that next level as he has a lot of raw talent, and he is a hell of a fighter.
There is a lot of great fighters out there, but he [Crawford] is a mutha*****, and one thing I like about him is he reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather.
He can fight his ass off, and that’s what I like about him, but he is a lot older than I was when he started getting praise because I fought for a world title when my career began blossoming.”
It would be exciting to see Crawford work with Mayweather Promotions, to see what kind of big fights and big events Floyd and his team could organize for Crawford. As Crawford said after his big win over Shawn Porter, Bob Arum was “unable to make the Errol Spence fight.” Maybe TMT could do it? Crawford has moved on from Arum, and it will be interesting to see if “Bud” takes Floyd up on his offer.
Are Crawford’s greatest nights still ahead of him at age 34? And is Floyd right – is Crawford the pound-for-pound best in the world today?
Floyd Mayweather: “The Top Fighter In Boxing Right Now Is Terence Crawford, He Reminds Me Of A Young Floyd Mayweather”
Though he hasn’t officially fought in roughly five years, Floyd Mayweather still pays close attention to the current group of fighters.
During his prime, Mayweather found his name at the very top of virtually every pound for pound list. As the newly inducted Hall of Famer gazes upon every weight class and every current world champion, he believes he knows who has usurped him as the best fighter in the world.
“The top fighter in boxing right now, is Terence Crawford,” said Mayweather during an interview with FightHype.com.
The 34-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, native seemingly stamped his pound for pound status with the most significant victory of his career this past weekend. In front of a jam-packed crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford took on former two-time titlist Shawn Porter.
With Crawford facing by far the most difficult opponent of his career, they fought on even terms throughout the first half of their contest. However, as their showdown began to unfold, Crawford took over down the stretch. In the tenth round, in particular, Crawford floored his man with a left uppercut within the first 15 seconds of the frame.
Porter, to his credit, rose to his feet moments later but would reconvene with the canvas shortly after before their contest was officially waved off. Considering the nature in which Crawford scored his decisive victory, coupled with his overall achievements, when Mayweather takes a long strong look at the 34-year-old, it’s as though he’s looking into a mirror.
“He’s raw talent, helluva fighter. He’s a mother f*cker. He reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather, he can fight his ass off.”
For Crawford, his victory over Porter not only represents the most significant of his career but also, the end of an era.
For years now, Crawford has worked hand in hand with promotional company Top Rank and long-time promoter Bob Arum. However, with Crawford now becoming a promotional free agent following his stoppage win over Porter, the pound-for-pound star wasted no time in revealing his desire to move on.
“I’m pretty sure my decision is made already,” said Crawford following his victory this Saturday night. “Bob couldn’t secure me the [Errol] Spence fight when I was with him, so how is going to secure me the Spence fight when I’m not with him? I’m moving forward with my career right now and I wish everybody the best.”
Though Crawford revealed that he likely knows his next move, Mayweather, nevertheless, has thrown on his recruitment hat. With years spent at the top of the pound for pound list and with a career earning of approximately a billion dollars, more than any boxer in history, Mayweather is confident that under his Mayweather Promotions banner, Crawford could reach his true potential.
“Terence Crawford doesn’t have to be under my company for me to give a guy props. If he’s ever a free agent, I would love to work with him. If he’s free. I know what I can do to take him to that next level.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
|Floyd Mayweather Jr.|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Born||Floyd Joy Sinclair
February 24, 1977
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
|Wins by KO||27|
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed between 1996 and 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. During his career he won fifteen major world championships from super featherweight to light middleweight, including the Ring magazine title in five weight classes, the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record. As an amateur, Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S. national championship at featherweight.
Mayweather Promotions, LLC is a boxing promotional firm founded in 2007 by five-division world and twelve-time world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., after exercising a provision in his contract with Bob Arum and Top Rank that allowed him to become a free agent for the price of $750,000. Al Haymon has been an advisor of Mayweather since then. Mayweather Promotions also promotes forms of live entertainment, including sporting events, live musical and theatrical events, and film and television productions. Mayweather Promotions mainly co-promotes with Golden Boy Promotions. Leonard Ellerbe is the CEO.
Mayweather was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), a two-time winner of The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the BWAA Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014). In 2016, Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. As of May 2021, BoxRec ranks him the greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound. Many sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, ranked Mayweather as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world twice in a span of ten years.
He is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history, as well as being the most accurate puncher since the existence of CompuBox, having the highest plus–minus ratio in recorded boxing history. Mayweather has a record of 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO), 23 wins (9 KOs) in lineal title fights, 24 wins (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists, 12 wins (3 KOs) against former or current lineal champions, and 4 wins (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees. Mayweather was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the class of 2021.
Mayweather is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013, and the Forbes list again in both 2014 and 2015, listing him as the highest-paid athlete in the world. In 2006, he founded his own boxing promotional firm, Mayweather Promotions, after leaving Bob Arum‘s Top Rank. Mayweather has generated approximately 24 million PPV buys and $1.67 billion in revenue throughout his career, surpassing the likes of former top PPV attractions including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. In 2018, Mayweather was the highest-paid athlete in the world, with total earnings, including endorsements amounting to $285 million, according to Forbes. In November, 2021, Sportico released an all-time athlete earnings list, in which Mayweather ranked no. 6 all time, totaling an inflation-adjusted $1.2 billion throughout his career.