WBO World Super-Lightweight title contender Dierry Jean believes that Manny Pacquiao is faster than Terence Crawford.
The Haitian-born Canadian said that his sparring sessions with Pacquiao before the Mayweather fight have prepared him well for his world title challenge against the unbeaten pound for pound star Crawford this Saturday night.
Speaking with Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher, Jean said that in addition to his sparring with Pacquiao, he’s also been preparing with both orthodox and southpaws to ready himself for Crawford’s switch-hitting style.
“The speed of Manny Pacquiao is faster than Crawford, I think. It’s going to help me a lot this week.” Jean said.
“[Training camp was] very good. We’ve been practicing for 8 weeks with sparring partners and we had a good plan. We’re ready for the fight.
“We bring southpaws, boxers, left handed, right handed and we switch every two or three rounds. That’s it. We’re ready for if he switches to southpaw we’re going to adapt to him.”
The 29-1 challenger has fought all but two of his professional bouts on Canadian soil, with his only loss coming against Lamont Peterson in Washington DC, said he wasn’t worried about travelling to face Crawford in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
“I fought against Lamont Peterson in his hometown and that was my first experience, so I was a bit nervous. Now I’ve got the experience to be comfortable with it.”
Jean is a big underdog for this challenge against Crawford, but the reigning WBO World Super-Lightweight Champion has refused to overlook the Canadian.
Read our official fight preview for Crawford v Jean LIVE on BoxNation this Saturday night now.