BEFORE the megafight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr., the boxing world made its predictions.
The long-awaited fight to crown the undisputed welterweight champion of the world takes place on July 29th in Las Vegas.
Five years after 35-year-old Crawford switched to the 147-pound class, the two undefeated Americans finally face each other.
This comes after he decided to leave Top Rank and ESPN to ease the fight.
Crawford and Spence Jr., 33, have combined 67 wins in as many fights.
The former currently holds the WBO belt while the latter holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles.
While Spence Jr. is younger and holds more titles, many believe that by and large this could go Crawford’s way.
A true boxing legend, Holyfield recently predicted that Spence will come out on top as a left-hander.
“Both fighters are great fighters. But when you fight, someone wins, someone loses,” he said behind the gloves.
“And I just think styles spark fights. Both guys have good styles but I think it’s difficult, even more difficult, to fight against a left-hander.”
“So I would say Spence.”
Toney, another boxing legend who has held three-weight division titles, sees it as an uphill battle, but his money is with Crawford.
Speak with MillCity boxeshe explained: “I think that’s him [Crawford] is too much for Spence, but we’ll find out.
Toney added that he felt “Crawford was a better fighter” and that he “fought against the better competition.”
Ultimately, he predicts “a late-round stoppage – knockout,” adding that Spence favors anyone “who’s as fast as he is and hits harder than him.”
Roach, a former coach of Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya, among others, also leans towards Crawford.
Accordingly DAZNRoach stated, “In my opinion, Crawford is the best fighter in the game and has been for several years.”
“In this fight I prefer Crawford because he is the more complete fighter.”
Manny Pacquiao, arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time, also commented on the upcoming fight.
“The style advantage — Crawford has that advantage over Spence,” he said via ES News.
“It depends on how they prepare for battle.”
Unlike Toney, however, Pacquiao isn’t expecting a knockout, stating that he believes “it’s going to be a 12-round decider.”
Kell Brook is excellent at predicting this outcome, having fought both Crawford and Spence Jr.
Speak with Boxing SocialHe explained, “It’s a fight I’ve been in with both of them and it’s funny because I might get that wrong because styles lead to fights.”
“One positive for Spence is that he’s a natural southpaw and I think that could cause some problems for Crawford.”
“But I expect Crawford to win this fight. He’s a switch hitter, he’s like a surgeon there, very accurate, a great finisher and he’s a great fighter.”
“They’re both great fighters but I have to turn to Crawford, he was more active than Spence who was in a bad car accident, he wasn’t really active like Crawford.”
“There’s only small percentages, but I’m leaning toward Crawford in this fight.”