Floyd Mayweather Jr. says that the future pound-for-pound No1 will be decided when welterweight Errol Spence Jr. fights junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather also sees Spence facing Terence Crawford in the future. Crawford is currently melting don from the high 150s to fight at 140. Just how much longer Crawford will drain himself to fight in the light welterweight division is anyone’s guess.
It would be nice if he moved up and pushed his promoter Bob Arum to match him against Errol Spence Jr. so the boxing world could see a good fight for a change rather than watching Crawford beat up fighters like John Molina Jr.
“I really think it’s going to come down to two fighters,” said Mayweather to ESPNcom. “I think that Terence Crawford is going to eventually fight Errol Spence, Keith Thurman or [Danny] Garcia. But then [there’s Erislandy] Lara. Canelo [Alvarez] is going to end up fighting Errol Spence down the line in a big, big fight. I think it’s going to come down to those two. That’s my honest opinion.”
I disagree with Mayweather in his view that Canelo will fight Spence. Golden Boy Promotions, the promoters for Canelo, seem perfectly fine with not matching Canelo against the best fighters at 154, 147 and 160. Why would they all of a sudden change that model to put Canelo in with a talented guy like Spence? I don’t think Golden Boy will do that. They’ll keep finding guys like James Kirkland, Amir Khan and Liam Smith to put him in with. In 2017, Canelo is likely going to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Kanat Islam, Billy Joe Saunders and Miguel Cotto. If all three of those fights can be counted on bringing in 300,000 buys for Canelo, then there’s no reason for Golden Boy to risk matching him tough against someone dangerous like Spence.
Erislandy Lara is not going to be in the pound-for-pound picture. Mayweather is WAY off on that one. Lara has a fighting style that is too much like Mayweather’s, and I think the boing pubic is moving away from being interested in seeing those types of fighters. Crawford has that kind of a style as well, and he’s failed to win over a large fan base outside of his home city of Omaha, Nebraska.
Crawford’s promoters at Top Rank are going to try their best to make him a star by putting him in with Manny Pacquiao in 2017, but I think it’s a failed effort unless Crawford can change his fighting style to become a more fan-friendly fighter by being less like Mayweather and more like a puncher.