Shawn Porter Gives Andre Ward High Praise: “I Feel Like He’s A Goat But People Don’t Realize That”
By: Hans Themistode
Over the course of boxing history, the greatest of all-time debate will seemingly never end. Most fans have planted their feet in the dirt and taken the side of one fighter over the rest of the field. Amongst them, the names that are often mentioned in those conversations are the usual suspects such as Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Ray Robinson, Roy Jones Jr. and a shortlist of others.
While former two-division world champion Shawn Porter agrees with those sentiments, the Cleveland Ohio native can’t help but scratch his head when the conversation is brought up. In no way, shape or form does he want to remove any of those previously mentioned names. Instead, he simply wants to add someone else to the mix.
“Andre Ward,” said Porter during his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “I feel like he’s a goat but people don’t realize that. This man has not lost a match since he was 12 years old.”
In the case of Ward, his boxing resume does seem to warrant his inclusion in the goat conversation. As an amateur, Ward dominated the competition to the tune of 115 wins against only five defeats. He easily crushed the field in the 2004 Olympics to bring home a gold medal and as a pro, Ward proved to be impossible to beat, winning every single one of his 32 career contests.
At one point, Ward was considered the consensus number one fighter in the world. After defeating former pound-for-pound star Sergey Kovalev in back-to-back fights, Ward abruptly walked away from the sport. He’s since left the door slightly open for a comeback but for the most part, he’s remained steadfast in his decision to walk away from the game.
This past year, Ward was rewarded for his boxing excellence with an induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame. But while Ward has always been universally respected and celebrated, Porter simply believes it isn’t enough.
“He was under looked and everybody expected this big blast when he came to the pro game and it really wasn’t a big blast and people started to really doubt what he could do. But after he won the super middleweight tournament, people started to recognize who he was. He went virtually his entire life without losing any matches.”
Shawn Porter Gives Jaron Ennis The Highest Of Praise: “He’s A Welterweight Roy Jones Jr.”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter has heard the buzz. But up until recently, he hasn’t exactly paid close attention to it.
Following each Jaron Ennis ring appearance, the boxing world would mention him as the next big star in the welterweight division. The Philadelphia native would dance around his opponents until he ended things with one game-changing shot.
Recently, Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) was tasked with who many believed was his toughest opponent to date in former 140-pound belt holder Sergey Lipinets. Not only did Ennis take care of business against the long-time contender in impressive fashion, stopping him in the sixth round, but he barely broke a sweat while doing so.
After tuning in and giving the 23-year-old his undivided attention, Porter was left with no choice but to compare Ennis to one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves.
“He’s a welterweight Roy Jones Jr.,” said Porter on his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips.
Porter, a former two-time welterweight world champion, couldn’t help but notice the speed, power and relative ease in which it took Ennis to take care of business against someone who is normally a durable opponent. In the mind of many, they’re intrigued by what Ennis will be able to do once he faces the elite of the division. Facing Lipinets is one thing, but taking on the likes of Porter, WBO belt holder Terence Crawford and ultimately, unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., is another thing entirely.
With that said, much like Jones Jr., Porter remembers a time when the same highlight reel level knockouts Jones Jr. would score against lesser competition, would continue to happen even after facing the best of the best. While many believe at the age of 23, Ennis is the future of the welterweight division, in Porter’s opinion, if Ennis is given the opportunity right now, the future could be a lot sooner than many realize.
“Roy did it just like that. When they stepped up the competition he continued to do it just like that,” explained Porter. “I’m a Showtime fighter. It don’t matter what time of day it is. When the lights come on, I’m ready. I don’t care what I was doing two hours before the fight, when the lights come on, I’m ready and that’s how Jaron is.
“Jaron is just one of those guys where, if you put him in the ring with Shawn Porter, you put him in the ring with Errol Spence Jr., and we can all say that he may not be ready yet, but it’s just one of those situations where he gets in the ring and tonight is that night for him.”
Shawn Porter: “I Feel Like Errol Is Going To Have His Way With Ugas”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter has a feeling that Errol Spence Jr. will have an easy time in the ring his next time out.
Although nothing is official just yet, all signs point to the unified welterweight champion taking on WBA belt holder Yordenis Ugas. Having spent time in the ring with both, Porter simply believes that Ugas doesn’t have enough in his toolbox to get the job.
“I feel like Errol is going to have his way with Ugas,” said Porter on The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “The thing with Ugas is that he doesn’t have good feet. He plants his feet and wants to stand there and bang. I just don’t think banging with Errol Spence like that will get the job done.”
Listening to the words of Porter comes across as somewhat of a contradiction. The former two-time welterweight champion may have boxed against the Dallas native at times when they matched up in September of 2019, but more than anything, Porter spent long durations of their contest banging it out with the powerful southpaw in the center of the ring.
While Porter won’t disagree with that statement, he also wants the boxing world to hit the rewind button on their contest. Sure he fought toe to toe with Spence Jr., but he also added a few wrinkles as well.
“We banged but I pivoted, I turned, I got off the line. I was able to block and retreat and use defense. I just don’t think Ugas has those abilities and it isn’t something he can learn on the fly, I just don’t think he can. He covers very well but I think he’s too slow for Errol. I don’t think it’s the kind of fight that is going to last as long as Errol wants it to last but I do think that Errol is going to control it from beginning to end.”
Just before Porter forfeited his WBC world title to Spence Jr. in their matchup, he defended it against Ugas six months prior. Following 12 rounds of back and forth action, all three judges scoring the bout had a difficult time declaring a winner. With that said, Porter was elated to hear his name at the end of a split decision verdict.
Despite believing the chances of Ugas pulling off the win are slim to none, Porter does see a path to victory for the Cuban native. It won’t be an easy one, nor will it be a likely outcome but Porter does offer Ugas a glimmer of hope based on his attributes.
“He has the ability to punch. He’s a good puncher and he can get to the body. If he can get to Errol’s body and slow him down, then he’s got a chance. I think Yordenis Ugas is one of the best rippers to the body that we’ve seen in a long time. But, I don’t think Errol is going to sit there and allow him to.”
Shawn Porter Gives His Opinion On Canelo Alvarez vs Andre Ward: “I Think It’s A 50/50 Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Despite Andre Ward hanging up his boxing gloves more than three years ago, fans have continued to hope and pray that he’ll wipe the dust off his boxing trunks and step into the ring one more time.
But while Ward officially retired after defeating Sergey Kovalev for the second time in 2017, many were hoping that he would stick around a bit longer to take on pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez. With Ward not only in impeccable shape but also only 37 years of age, fans have held on to a modicum of hope that he’ll end his abrupt retirement and take on Alvarez.
Joining most of the boxing world who are currently split down the middle on how things would shake out in that proposed matchup, is former two-time welterweight champion, Shawn Porter. As he sits down and breaks down the attributes of each fighter, he pointed out where each man would shine most if a fight actually came to fruition.
“I think now, Canelo is in the prime of his career,” said Porter on his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “I think getting into the ring with Andre Ward would cause him to be even greater than we’ve seen before. Canelo has unbelievable power, unbelievable speed and very good defense. I think Canelo has better power, I think their speed is relatively the same. Both guys have really good defense. I think it’s a 50/50 fight.”
For Alvarez, his ascension to the top of virtually every pound for pound list is a product of his notable wins in several weight classes. Although Porter acknowledges his achievements, he can’t help but look back at the one time he struggled mightily in the ring.
Nearly a decade ago, a much younger and less-seasoned Alvarez was outboxed and outsmarted in the ring against Floyd Mayweather. Regardless of one judge scoring their bout a draw, the remaining two judges scored their contest in favor of Mayweather.
On the night, Alvarez simply had no answers and lost virtually every round in the eyes of the public. While he’s improved considerably, Porter could envision a scenario in which history repeats itself.
“Before Canelo fought Floyd, he had never been in the ring with anyone like Floyd. We saw him have trouble and I can see the same thing happening with Dre. Floyd was the commander and chief in the ring and I can see the same thing with Andre Ward being the commander and chief in the ring against Canelo.”
Shawn Porter Confident In Possible Terence Crawford Showdown: “I Know That He Is The Kind Of Guy That I Can Knock Out”
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter has always been confident. Whether he’s taking on an opponent in the ring or sauntering around in one of his more eye-catching wardrobes, the former two-time welterweight champion just exudes a certain confidence.
Yet, when it comes to a possible showdown against WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford, Porter’s self-belief goes through the roof. While most would consider him an underdog in their contest, Porter simply shrugs off those thoughts.
The former 147-pound belt holder not only believes that he can pick up the victory, but he’s also under the impression that he can leave Crawford comatose in the process.
“I know that he is the kind of guy that I can knock out,” said Porter during a recent interview with Fight Hype.
Despite Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) not officially scoring a knockout win since 2017 against Andre Berto, the Akron Ohio native is standing firmly behind his prediction claim. In his most recent ring appearance, Porter went the 12 round distance with fringe contender Sebastian Formella.
Currently, Porter is the leading man to land a matchup with Crawford next. According to promoter Bob Arum, his undefeated star has two options in front of him. His first and preferred choice is future first-ballot Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. Second, would be Porter. But with Pacquiao recently stating that he is “leaning” towards a showdown with Mikey Garcia instead, Porter should in theory be Crawford’s number one target.
If by some chance, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) attempts to go in another direction, Porter could force him into the fight or be stripped of his title as Porter sits in the mandatory position.
Although making a fight between friends has always proved to be difficult, Porter has stated on numerous occasions that he has no issue shoving their friendship to the side. Having shared the ring with Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and a long list of other great fighters, Porter believes he knows a great fight when he sees one.
“Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter is a great fight. People want to be entertained and in the midst of greatness. Me vs Terence Crawford is something that I feel everybody needs.”
With Porter persistently calling him out, Crawford appears to be growing acrimonious. Whenever Porter’s name was brought to his attention, Crawford pointed to their friendship and appeared more reluctant in signing on the dotted line.
But recently, with Porter saying on his Twitter account that he would be ready in May, Crawford wrote an agitated response.
“Just stay on standby,” said Crawford. “Now you trying me.”
Not wanting to engage in a war of words, Porter simply expounded on his constant callouts. In no way, shape or form is he attempting to get into the mind of Crawford. He simply wants to stand across the ring from another great fighter.
“I’m not attacking Terence Crawford or trying to get under his skin. I’m just simply stating what’s great.”
Crawford was last seen in the ring in November of 2020, dismantling former champion Kell Brook to the tune of a fourth-round stoppage win.
Bomac, Trainer Of Terence Crawford, Doesn’t View Shawn Porter As A Threat: “Terence Will Win The Fight With Ease”
By: Hans Themistode
For the most part, WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford, hasn’t heard his name on the lips of many fighters. While some may say that the politics of boxing won’t allow dream bouts against Errol Spence Jr. and Manny Pacquiao to happen, those closely associated with Crawford believe the word “ducking,” is more apropos.
One fighter who has no issue calling for a showdown with Crawford is former multiple-time welterweight belt holder Shawn Porter. Promotional differences and phrases such as “across the street,” be damned to the Akron Ohio native. His persistent pursuit of their contest may come as a shock to some, but not to Crawford’s trainer, Brian “Bomac” McIntyre.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that Shawn is stepping up and calling out Bud,” said Bomac during an interview with Fight Hype. “He’s considered one of the best 147 pounders and he’s doing what needs to do to continue his legacy and get big fights. So let’s go. We don’t have a problem fighting Porter.”
If Crawford’s last fight was any indication, the 33-year-old is seemingly ready. In November of 2020, he continued his unbeaten run with a fourth-round stoppage win over former titlist Kell Brook. Coming into their contest – the size, skill and experience of Brook was thought to at the very least, trouble Crawford. Despite a few losses, Brook had always given every opponent he faced hell for as long as the fight lasted.
Yet, he was blown out of the water as the first big shot that connected essentially pushed him closer to retirement. In facing Porter, the argument could easily be made that he would be the best fighter Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has ever faced and in terms of 147 pounders, there’s no debate.
But while he would most likely rank number one on Crawford’s resume, Bomac believes that’s actually a bad thing, not a good one.
“Y’all will see a better version of Terence,” explained Bomac. “If you notice, every opponent that Terence gets, if he’s better than the last opponent, you always see a better and better Terence. If the fight does materialize and Shawn Porter comes with his A-game, then you’ll see an A+ from Terence Crawford.”
For Porter, he’s bounced back nicely from losing a split decision to unified champion Errol Spence Jr. in 2019, by winning every single round against fringe contender Sebastian Formella in August of 2020. Instead of pursuing a rematch with Spence Jr., one he would be granted considering his number one ranking in the WBC sanctioning body, Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) has chosen to chase after Crawford instead. Porter, after all, is also ranked number one in the WBO.
In the eyes of many, a matchup between the two would be a fairly even one. Crawford wouldn’t be expected to simply mow down the former titlist. Rather, a back and forth showdown is more likely to materialize.
With that said, Bomac has no idea why anyone would believe that Porter would present Crawford with any issues. Despite holding an undefeated record, multiple world titles in several divisions and the consensus number one spot on virtually every pound-for-pound list, Bomac believes that Crawford is only scratching the surface of what he really can do.
“The IQ and ring generalship that you’ll get out of Terence will just rise above what Porter has to win the fight with ease. Y’all haven’t seen the best of Terence Crawford yet.”
Terence Crawford Moving Past Errol Spence Jr.: “You Will Never Hear Me Asking For That Fight Ever Again”
By: Hans Themistode
The list of fighters Terence Crawford is likely to find standing across the ring from him later this year is dwindling down.
According to promoter Bob Arum, the two front runners for his pound for pound star is Shawn Porter and Manny Pacquiao. No matter who is chosen from that shortlist, fans of Crawford will be ecstatic to see their man face one of the elites of the welterweight division.
With that being said, a number of his supporters will be disappointed that once again, a matchup between Crawford and unified champion Errol Spence Jr. won’t be taking place.
At one point, Crawford consistently called for a showdown between the pair to end the debate of who is the best in the division. However, with numerous hurdles in the way such as Spence Jr. stating that Crawford must be willing to accept a 60/40 or 70/30 split in order to make the fight happen, the Nebraska native has walked from the negotiating table and doesn’t intend on looking back.
“You will never hear me asking for that fight ever again,” said Crawford during an interview with FightHype. “If it happens it happens, if it don’t, it don’t. I don’t need that fight. I’m not worried about that fight.”
Discussing a matchup between Crawford and Spence Jr. has become pointless. Neither side appear close to agreeing on anything and at this point, their contest seems to be nothing more than a pipe dream.
Rather than continue to discuss his frustrations on the failed showdown, Crawford is fully focused on what lies ahead. With Porter and Pacquiao staring him directly in the face, Crawford can only smile as he envisions facing them.
Preference has never been something Crawford has made important during his career. Simply sign on the dotted line and he’ll be ready to take on whomever is placed in front of him.
Yet, in this instance, Crawford is in fact leaning towards one fighter over the other. In absolutely no way, shape or form is he intimidated by either man, but if he had his choice, he knows exactly who he would choose.
“I prefer the Manny Pacquiao fight over Shawn Porter but Shawn Porter is a great fighter in his own right.”
For Crawford, the now 33-year-old is simply looking to build some legit momentum. After making quick work of former welterweight belt holder Kell Brook in the fourth round of their contest this past November, Crawford found himself on the receiving end of nonstop criticism.
Fans of Crawford believed that Brook was never a worthy challenge. In fact, many are under the impression that everyone Crawford has faced during his welterweight tenure has been subpar.
A matchup against either Porter or Pacquiao on the other hand, would quiet the mouths of just about everyone. Although it’s too early to tell who will be chosen, Crawford will merely continue to pound away at the heavy bag and work on his craft as he awaits confirmation.
“Manny Pacquiao is fast, moves, can punch. Shawn Porter is aggressive, tough, durable. I’ll be ready for whichever one comes to fruition.”
Shawn Porter Believes He Needs Terence Crawford Fight For His Legacy
By: Hans Themistode
Shawn Porter has a lot to be proud of. From beating guys such as Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia, to wrapping welterweight gold around his waist on two separate occasions, if Porter were to walk away from the sport of boxing right now, he would be satisfied with his career.
For as much as the Ohio native has accomplished, he still believes there’s more left to do. Of course, the now 33-year-old would enjoy nabbing another world title, but more than anything, he simply appreciates sharing the ring with great fighters. While he’s fought just about everyone in the division, if he were to hang up the gloves without facing a certain pound for pound star, his career would feel somewhat incomplete.
“It’s Terence Crawford,” said Porter on the Ak and Barak Show. “It’s something about him and that fight. I think that fight is great. There’s a big argument between who’s better? Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr., so that’s why for me it’s like okay, you’ve been in the ring with Errol Spence Jr., now, go get Terence Crawford.”
The argument that Porter alludes too, feels like a never-ending one as both Crawford and Spence Jr. have made absolutely no traction in actually making their showdown come to reality. But while most of the world continues to fulminate over who is the best welterweight in the world between the pair, Porter begins to sport an incredulous look on his face.
After making Spence Jr.’s life a living hell for 12 rounds during their showdown in 2019, Porter knows that he’s just as good as the unified titlist.
“I already fought Errol Spence Jr. and I think that everybody still feels like he’s the best welterweight in the world. I think in my attempt to beat him, that if you still think that he is the best welterweight in the world, Shawn Porter is not even a half step behind him. Shawn Porter is running pace and pace.”
Regardless of whether he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Spence Jr. and Crawford, Porter is knocking on the door of proving that he’s just as good. At the moment, the Ohio product holds the number one position in the WBC and WBO sanctioning bodies. Spence Jr., of course, not only holds the IBF title, but also the WBC. Although a rematch is a route he could go down, Porter would rather chase after Crawford instead.
Despite the pair holding a very close friendship with one another, Porter has stated on numerous occasions that he would have no issue shoving that to the side in order to make the fight happen. In his attempt to get Crawford in the ring, Porter has been met with some resistance. Mostly in the form of dollar signs as promoter Bob Arum has announced that he would not offer Porter more than one million dollars for the fight.
Those numbers though, while eye-catching to most around the world, especially amid a pandemic, were mere pennies to Porter as he has called the offer “disrespectful.”
In spite of the fact that they are apparently worlds apart in terms of money, team Porter is still quietly working behind the scenes to get Arum to add a few more zero’s at the end of Porter’s paycheck.
“I have not given up on that fight. I’ve had conversations with my dad like hey, go get that fight. That’s the fight for me. My dad’s working.”
Shawn Porter To Bob Arum: “What Makes Kell Brook Worth More Than Shawn Porter? You Really Don’t Want Terence Crawford To Have That Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
In the sport of boxing, sometimes words can get misconstrued. However, former two-time welterweight belt holder Shawn Porter made his words as clear as possible when regarding who he wants to step into the ring next.
“I prioritize Terence Crawford,” said Porter following Errol Spence Jr.’s win over Danny Garcia.
Porter, of course, held a birds-eye view as he watched Spence Jr. dismantle Garcia during their pay-per-view main event late last year. While Porter is positioned to take on Spence Jr. due to his high ranking in both the WBC and IBF sanctioning bodies, the Ohio native appeared more interested in taking on WBO belt holder Terence Crawford.
Although Porter currently sits in the mandated position, promoter Bob Arum is apparently playing hardball with the welterweight contender. During a recent interview, Arum revealed that the guaranteed dollars he would be willing to offer Porter would fall well short of what the rugged fighter has grown accustomed to making.
“I’m not guaranteeing more than a million dollars,” said Arum during an interview with Barbershop Conversations. “I’m just not, not in these times.”
“These times,” that Arum is referring to, is the current worldwide pandemic. Still, even with fans absent from arenas, Porter believes Arum’s excuse for not offering him more zero’s at the end of his paycheck is flat out bullshit.
Considering his stature in the sport of boxing, as well as what Arum paid Crawford’s most recent opponent, Porter simply isn’t buying the excuses that Arum is trying to sell.
“I said it before, I will not fight Terence Crawford for a million dollars,” said Porter on his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “You paid Kell Brook two million, reportedly, to fight Terence Crawford. What makes Kell Brook worth more than Shawn Porter at this point in time? Especially in the United States.”
While at one point, Brook was considered the cream of the crop of the welterweight division, the 34-year-old has suffered numerous knockout losses, making his fourth-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Crawford not surprising.
With Porter’s bank account is currently filled to the brim with millions upon millions of dollars, accepting a lesser offer then given to Brook simply doesn’t make sense to the 33-year-old.
Although the potential of raking in a million dollars would make most individuals jump out of their seats, Porter merely yawns and remains stone-faced.
“I get it, for a lot of people a million dollars is a lot of money. However, with the money that I’ve been able to make I understand the business of boxing. To even begin negotiations at two million dollars is an insult. Everybody in the sport of boxing knows that the welterweight division is the hottest in boxing and if anything, second to heavyweight. We command a lot of money and attention. This fight would do all of that and more. A million dollars isn’t chump change to somebody else but to Shawn Porter, it’s chump change.”
“I guarantee that if there’s fans in the stand, that we will fill up whatever stadium you want to take the fight to,” continued Porter. “If we do it on pay-per-view we’re going to sell more pay-per-views than Terence Crawford’s ever sold before because now he’s fighting Shawn Porter and I am a pay-per-view draw.”
For years now, Arum has said time and time again that Terence Crawford isn’t just the best fighter in the welterweight division but also that he’s the best fighter in the world. Those words however, ring hollow to Porter. Sure Arum may say one thing about the skills of Crawford but for the number one ranked contender, he believes Arum wants to keep Crawford as far away from him as possible.
“You know the only way you can stay away from Shawn Porter and justify it is by saying that a million dollars isn’t chump change. You really don’t want Terence Crawford to have that fight.”
Bob Arum On How Much He’s Willing To Pay Shawn Porter In Possible Terence Crawford Clash: “I’m Not Guaranteeing More Than A Million Dollars, I’m Just Not”
By: Hans Themistode
Regardless of how much Shawn Porter believes he should be paid to face WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford, promoter Bob Arum refuses to open his wallet anymore than he has to.
For the former two-time welterweight titlist, Porter currently finds himself in an ideal situation. At the moment, the Ohio native occupies the number one spot in both the WBC and WBO sanctioning bodies, as well as the number two ranking in the IBF.
With a wide variety of championship bouts at his disposal, Porter expressed a desire to take on WBO belt holder Terence Crawford. However, with Arum offering Porter only one million dollars for his services, the former champions balked at the offer, claiming that it was somewhat of a slap in the face. To Arum, on the other hand, he simply doesn’t understand how Porter, or anyone for that matter, could scoff at the possibility of pocketing a cool million dollars.
“I read someplace that he felt that I insulted him by only offering him a million dollars,” said Arum during a recent interview with Barbershop Conversations. “I’m old fashion, I don’t know why a million dollars would be an insult to anybody.”
For the 33-year-old Porter, there’s a reason why he feels offended by what he believes is a paltry offer from Arum. Not only is the Las Vegas, resident a multiple-time belt holder, but he also managed to rake in over 300,000 pay-per-view buys in his September unification bout against unified champion Errol Spence Jr. in 2019.
When juxtaposing resumes to previous Crawford opponents, Porter believes he is of a much higher stature. In Crawford’s most recent appearance in the ring, the WBO belt holder made quick work of British product Kell Brook with a fourth-round stoppage victory. While Brook was once a former champion in his own right, at the age of 34, his best days are seemingly behind him.
Although his time in the ring against Crawford was a short one, Brook was reportedly paid two million dollars for his efforts, making Arum’s one million dollar offer to Porter an even bigger insult according to the rugged contender.
Still, even with Porter viewed as the most accomplished and dangerous opponent Crawford has ever faced, Arum has drawn a line in the sand.
“He should work a deal with me on upside. I’m not guaranteeing more than a million dollars, I’m just not, not in these times.”
Terence Crawford: “If I Don’t Get Errol Spence Or Manny Pacquiao Then I Would Have To Fight Shawn Porter”
By: Hans Themistode
WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford has long wanted to face WBA titlist Manny Pacquiao or unified champion Errol Spence Jr. However, the 33-year-old has gained no traction in terms of negotiating a fight between them.
While taking on his fellow champions is his top priority, the Nebraska native could find himself standing across the ring from WBO number one contender Shawn Porter instead. For years now, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has been reluctant to face the two-time champion due to their friendship. With that being said, Crawford is fully aware of Porter’s place in the rankings.
“Of course, that’s my mandatory,” said Porter during an interview on Therealayeverb Music on YouTube.
Porter, 33, is a few months removed from a one-sided victory against fringe contender Sebastian Formella. Before he notched that lopsided win, Porter participated in a back and forth war with Spence Jr. in late 2019. Porter, of course, would go on to lose a close split decision, dropping his WBC belt in the process.
As it stands, Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) has a bevy of options. Currently, the former titlist holds the number one ranking in the WBO but he also holds the number two spot in the IBF and WBC sanctioning bodies as well. Should he decide to go in another direction, Porter will once again find himself up against Spence Jr., a rematch he has been calling for.
But while their contest was close, Porter revealed that he would rather face Crawford instead.
“Honestly, I’ll fight whoever,” said Porter on The Jake Asman Show a few weeks ago. “But the preference is Terence Crawford simply because you guys have not seen me against Terence. Styles make fights and now my style needs to be set up with Terence Crawford.”
Throughout it all, Crawford has remained steadfast in his preference in facing his fellow belt holders. Still, if Porter is so inclined on making their contest a reality then Crawford realizes he would have no choice.
“If he goes to the WBO and says I need that fight then that fight has to happen. If I don’t get Errol Spence or Manny Pacquiao then I would have to fight Shawn Porter.”
Shawn Porter: “I’ll Fight Whoever But The Preference Is Terence Crawford”
By: Hans Themistode
At this point, just about everyone who holds a world title in the welterweight division should be preparing themselves for an inevitable showdown with Shawn Porter.
The former two-time 147-pound titlist is fresh off a one-sided win against fringe contender Sebastian Formella on August 22nd. With the win in his back pocket, Porter will play the role of a fan this weekend as unified champion Errol Spence Jr. and two-division belt holder Danny Garcia battle it out at the AT&T Stadium, in Arlington Texas.
Having faced both men, Porter, 33, doesn’t care who comes out with the victory. All he’s concerned with is facing either the winner or, another belt holder who could be forced into a showdown with him next.
“I’m in a very blessed position,” said Porter on The Jake Asman Show. “I am the mandatory for the WBO title held by Terence Crawford and I’m also the mandatory challenger for the IBF and WBC titles which will be carried by one fighter leaving the ring this weekend. It’s really just a matter of figuring out who is going to be next. Is it going to be Terence Crawford or is it going to be the winner of Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr. I have no doubt that it’s going to be one of the three guys in my next fight. It’ll most likely be in the early part of next year.”
Should Spence Jr. walk away from his contest against Garcia with his world titles still draped around his shoulders, that would set up a rematch with Porter. In September of 2019, the Ohio native dropped a very close split decision to Spence Jr. and in the process, he watched his WBC title slip through his hands. Since then, he has shouted for an immediate rematch.
Should Garcia upset the odds and strip Spence Jr. of his titles this weekend, Porter would also welcome a chance to run things back with him as well. Roughly one year before his contest with Spence Jr., Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) would squeak by Garcia to become a two-time world champion.
Matchups with both fighters in the main event this weekend, along with showdowns against Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas and Kell Brook have all taken place. While he isn’t opposed to running through that same gauntlet again, he would much rather take on a new face instead.
“Honestly, I’ll fight whoever but the preference is Terence Crawford simply because you guys have not seen me against Terence. Styles make fights and now my style needs to be set up with Terence Crawford.”
The opportunity to become a three-time champion is a matter of if, not when, considering his placement in three of the four sanctioning bodies. But at this present time, Porter isn’t comfortable with directing the conversation toward his own career goals. Instead, he shifted focus and spoke on the importance of this weekend’s welterweight showdown and the immediate aftermath that is sure to take place because of it.
“This is a historic fight,” explained Porter. “I think this is a fight right now that will kind of decide the fate of the welterweight division moving forward.”
Shawn Porter Confirms That He’s Next In Line For Danny Garcia vs Errol Spence Jr. Winner
By: Hans Themistode
Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas, Mikey Garcia, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao are all great fighters, but former welterweight titlist Shawn Porter doesn’t want to hear his name associated with any of them.
Rumors and speculation on who the Ohio native will be facing next are unnecessary because according to him, his next opponent is already set in stone.
“I think the conversation remains the same,” Porter said. “The conversation is me fighting the winner of Errol Spence Jr. and Danny Garcia. I don’t think that’s something Al Haymon is looking to change and or looking forward to changing. That’s what I’m being told, that I get the winner.”
Spence Jr., and Garcia are set to meet on November 21st, on a FOX Pay-Per-View. Porter of course, will be an interested observer.
Back in September of 2018, Porter won a close, but unanimous decision against Garcia to win the vacant WBC crown. His reign was short lived though as he lost his title just one year later to Spence Jr. via split decision.
Porter has since bounced back with a one sided beatdown over the formerly undefeated Sebastian Formella. With the win, Porter now finds himself with a permanent seat at the table. So if either Garcia or Spence Jr. attempts to eschew him, he’s made sure that it won’t be possible.
“I’m supposed to be the mandatory for the WBC and the IBF. For me, you can’t go wrong either way. I think that’s amazing. I never saw that coming. I can fight either guy, Errol Spence or Danny Garcia, and it’s a big fight. So I am definitely going to be in the front row (on Nov. 21) watching intently.”
Under normal circumstances, picking a winner would be easy for Porter. He’s faced both opponents in the ring and considers Spence Jr. more skilled, a harder puncher and an overall better fighter than Garcia.
With that being said, the circumstances surrounding Spence Jr. aren’t exactly normal.
The unified champion is fresh off a horrific one car wreck in October of last year. The damage he sustained has reportedly been very little but many have speculated otherwise. Porter though, is going with his original thought and believes “and still” will be said following 12 rounds of action.
“This is not a knockout win for Errol Spence. I can see Danny Garcia pulling off some rounds, but I think it will be a unanimous decision for Errol Spence,” Porter said. “I think he’s in good enough health to get back in the ring (following a car accident last October). I think it’s Errol Spence’s fight.”
Shawn Porter Still Searching For A Showdown With Manny Pacquiao: “I’m Confident That I Would Beat Him In A Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
The unveiling of Shawn Porter’s opponent this upcoming weekend was disappointing to most.
After spending four years taking on some of the welterweight divisions best in Errol Spence Jr, Yordenis Ugas, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Andre Berto — Porter’s upcoming matchup against the unheralded Sebastian Formella left plenty to be desired.
Through 22 career fights, Formella managed to pick up wins every single time he stepped into the ring. But the squared circle will feel somewhat different as he will be making his U.S debut.
When Porter looks to the left, he notices that both of his former opponents in Garcia and Spence Jr. are set to square off in November. When he looks to the right, talks between Thurman and current WBO belt holder Terence Crawford have intensified. Even when he looks straight ahead to his matchup with Formella, Porter notices Sergey Lipinets vs Kudratillo Abdukakhorov for the interim IBF title in his peripheral vision.
Meanwhile, Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs) is stuck facing a virtual unknown.
While he isn’t overlooking his opponent this upcoming weekend, Porter does wish a certain eight division world champion would pick up the phone and give him a call.
“That’s on Manny and his team,” said Porter to FightHype when asked about a possible Manny Pacquiao fight. “He’s earned the right to do what he wants to do.”
With Pacquiao seemingly more interested in facing either Crawford or former four division world champion Mikey Garcia, Porter can’t help but scratch his head and wonder why he isn’t in the running. The skills are obvious, but if we cast that aside and look at their possible matchup from an entertainment standpoint, then Porter is even more convinced that he should be facing him this weekend and not Formella.
“There’s a lot of history there with myself and Manny Pacquiao,” explained Porter. “If you look at us as fighters, in the welterweight division, we are the most exciting. You know what’s going to happen when Shawn Porter steps into the ring and Manny Pacquiao. We never disappoint.”
Even at the age of 41, Pacquiao has put away his walking cane and given fighters of this generation a boxing lesson in the ring. Most recently, the current WBA titlist was seen handing Thurman the first loss of his professional career.
Porter was there live for their contest, and while he knows how dangerous Pacquiao is in the ring, he also fully believes that their contest would end in only one way if they matched up.
“I’m confident that I would beat him in a fight. We’ve seen in the past where a great fighter comes along and beats a fighter that was great. That’s what would happen.”
Shawn Porter Prefers Manny Pacquiao’s Career Over Floyd Mayweather’s
By: Hans Themistode
Floyd Mayweather Jr has done it all.
Five division world champion. Check.
Break every single boxing pay per view record. Check.
Rake in nearly one billion dollars. Check.
Retire undefeated. Check.
Oh, and by the way, defeat the one man who many believed was the biggest threat to his unblemished record in Manny Pacquiao. Also check.
Still, even with the countless accolades and piles of cash that Mayweather has accrued during a 21 year career, current Welterweight contender Shawn Porter would rather have Pacquiao’s career instead of Mayweather’s.
“I’m actually gonna go with Manny,” Porter told host Dan Rafael. “I think that even though Manny has taken a lot of punishment – he’s been in a lot of wars, he’s been in a lot of exciting fights. You know me – I like the war. I like the battle and I like the excitement. So, for those reasons, I would pick Manny. And then on top of that, if you look around the world more people appreciate Manny. More people respect and adore Manny than dislike him [than] Floyd Mayweather.”
The fan in Porter loves what Pacquiao represents. The Filipino native isn’t simply a boxing legend but more so an icon. But in many respects so is Mayweather. Yet, the world titles, piles of money and spotless record, isn’t enough to change the mind of Porter.
“Just like when I get in the ring and I get people up on their feet, that’s what Manny Pacquiao did,” Porter said. “And Floyd’s been able to do it, too, but not as [much]. I don’t think the excitement – it was a different level to the excitement. They’re two different fighters. But again, at the end of the day, when Manny Pacquiao goes out and he walks up and down the street, more people are willing to shake his hand and say hi to him than make a mean mug or wanna confront him or anything like that. Which I think a lot of people nowadays don’t appreciate Floyd Mayweather for everything that he’s done for this sport because it’s been overshadowed by some of the things that he’s done outside of the sport.”