Floyd Mayweather Jr. has named new welterweight star Terence Crawford as the number one fighter on the planet, above the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Vasyl Lomachenko.
The former pound for pound king lauded the undefeated ‘Bud’ for his recent achievements in defeating the likes of Julius Indongo, Felix Diaz and John Molina Jr.
“The pound-for-pound top fighter in boxing right now is Terence Crawford,” Mayweather told FightHype.com.
“He doesn’t have to be under my company to give a guy props. I’m not like that. If he’s 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. Hell of a fighter, he’s one of the guys that – he’s a motherf****r. He reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather. He can fight his a** off. That’s what I like about him.”
As Crawford moves up from cleaning up a relatively dormant super-lightweight division, there’s plenty of opportunities for the American to improve on his WBN standing behind those two mentioned.
The 30 year-old just hasn’t had the opponents open to him to gain enough ground to be called the best right now, despite winning four titles on offer in the 140 pound division.
In 2018, Crawford will begin his push to do the same in a WBO title challenge against Manny Pacquiao conqueror Jeff Horn before eyeing up Keith Thurman and Errol Spence later in the year.
Making those fights could prove a little tougher than the Horn in-house effort though as both Thurman and Spence fight under the Al Haymon banner and are said to be planning a massive three-belt unification themselves within the next twelve months.