Terence Crawford celebrated retaining his WBO World Super-Lightweight title over Dierry Jean by calling out Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in the ring immediately after the fight.
Speaking to Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher, the now 27-0 Nebraska native said he was “ready” for Pacquiao, who has set the date for his final fight as April 9 2016.
“I’m ready [for Manny Pacquiao]. Stay tuned for Terence Crawford on the rise,” the two-weight world champion said.
Crawford coolly dispatched the Canadian challenger Dierry Jean, and rarely looked troubled by his opponent as he staged the first defence of his WBO World Super-Lightweight title.
When asked if the verbal taunting from the Jean camp had motivated him to make a quicker start to the fight than he has in previous bouts, Crawford said he felt disrespected.
“You see what just happened to him. And it wasn’t that he called me out, it was what they were saying, him and his promoter. How they were being disrespectful. I didn’t take that lightly,” Crawford said.
“That’s something that we worked on in camp. My coaches wanted me to start a little slower, but, at the same time win the rounds, so we’ve been working on picking it up from start to finish.”
“My gameplan was to just be me. The first two rounds I was s supposed to box him from the outside and gradually pick it up.”
“My coach kept yelling at me to go to the body. But it seemed like he was bending down. I caught him a couple of times to the body. I was headhunting a little bit tonight.”
Watch Crawford call out Pacquiao and the rest of his interview below: