If ever they clash, Terence Crawford will beat Manny Pacquiao.
This is the consensus of Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley, and Jeff Horn.
What do these dudes have in common?
Each one claims a victory over Pacquiao, with Bradley and Horn achieving it in dubious fashion.
In their first fight for the WBO welterweight belt in 2012, Pacquiao was dominant and yet Bradley got the split decision which was loudly protested by the audience and viewers worldwide.
It prompted the WBO to form a panel of experts who reviewed the fight and eventually declared Pacquiao the victor, although the judges' scores cannot be overturned.
Pacquiao won the rematch as well as their third fight, both by unanimous decisions.
Roughing up Pacquiao, Horn eked out a controversial unanimous decision to snatch the WBO welterweight title in Brisbane, Australia, on July 2, 2017.
Marquez tangled with Pacquiao 4 times, drawing the first one which should have been a win for Pacquiao if not for a judge's wrong score; losing on points in the rematch and the third fight; before pulling off a one-punch knockout with one second to go in the 6th round of their fourth encounter in 2012.
In an interview with ESNews boxing, Marquez said it would be a difficult fight for Pacquiao because of Crawford's intelligence and creativeness in the ring.
Horn, who bowed to Crawford via 9th round knockout in 2018, told Fight Hub TV: "Pacquiao is intense but Crawford's a smart dude. If Pacquiao was to push at him like he would probably do to me, Crawford could possibly outbox him. I probably see Crawford beating him."
According to Bradley, Crawford's best friend, the unbeaten three-division world champion (36-0, 27 knockouts) is ready for anybody, including Pacquiao, an eight-division champion.
Asked by SecondsOut.com if Crawford can beat Pacquiao, Bradley responded" "Oh yeah, I feel Crawford can do the job done against anybody."
Though four-division champion Mikey Garcia seems to be the pacesetter in the race toward a clash with Pacquiao, Crawford, who replaced the Fighter of the Decade as Top Rank's main star, isn't giving up, repeatedly saying he's been chasing Pacquiao since 2015. – Rappler.com