No subterfuge, this one was presented as an exhibition.

Terence Crawford was supposed to win, and look good, make people start to think of him as a top five pound for pounder, when he gloved up against Dierry Jean in Nebraska on Saturday, Oct. 24, and on HBO.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Crawford was in control, a boss of his domain, smart and smooth and patient, a la Golovkin. He admitted after that he'd been irked by trash talk from Jean and company, and even held on to the ire, asking Jean if it'd been worth it. He also said he's ready for Pacman, and asked promoter Bob Arum to make it happen.

An early knockdown signaled maybe an early end, but Jean held on. Until round ten, when Bud went into full nasty mode. The ref saw enough and stepped in to halt the event.

If a fight with Manny Pacquiao was in his cross hairs, well, we wonder if he may have been too effective; would Pacman really want that?

Jean earned his keep, landed a few stiff rights on the way, but was in over his head.

Crawford's WBO 140 pound crown was up for the taking.

In the first, the 28-year-old Crawford (5-8; 140-156 fight night) was smart. Jean wasn't out of depth, but he went down, off a right hook, at the end of the first. Crawford went lefty with 25 seconds to go, and yes, it worked. In the second, the 33-year-old Jean (from Haiti; 5-6 1/2; 140-155 on fight night), who lost his step up fight, to Lamont Peterson, looked at a lefty to start the round. The snappy jab was hated by Jean, and he was hesitant to throw. He got wobbled off a right hook, again, right before the round ended.

In the third, we saw lefty TC so in control. Same for fourth; Jean was befuddled by the hand speed. He moved right, into the power left, ouch. TC pressed on the gas late in the fourth. Jean did exit the round.

To the fifth, we saw Jean, as his pal David Lemieux watched from the stands, paw a jab, find it hard to think of useful offense. TC's accelerated combos excited the crowd. In round six, after hearing his trainer ask for more jabs, and to get lower, Jean didn't have better luck. Crawford snapped a most annoying jab, and Jean hated that, and feared throwing with everything behind it because he knew the counter would be fierce. A righty, he flurried and the crowd adored it. Jean was mugging some, smiling, trying to, what, lighten the mood?

In the seventh, we saw Jean snap a jab, short arming it. TC's threat of offense was great defense for the Nebraskan. To round eight…Bud kept the distance he wanted, and would he close the distance, after Brian Mcintyre asked for that? A right by Jean landed clean…then Bud ate another. The right was a wide shot, Bud thought he'd be slipping it.

In the ninth, Bud came out irked. He closed the distance, but Jean had adapted some, and was looking out for the right hook. A straight left slipped in, though. Then down went Jean, with eight seconds left. He ate a behind the head shot as he was going down. In round ten, we saw TC in hunter mode, finisher mode. He was landing lots and the ref looked hard. Then he landed a sharp right! Then Jean was eating, and running, and the ref said no mas.

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-SouthPawFlo :

I like this Crawford Kid, I'm not a fan of the HBO commentators constantly pushing other fights and not "analyzing" the fight, Jean's camp did a terrible job of preparing him for Crawford to go southpaw, the fight ended in the first round and just got stopped in the tenth... I saw this a lot when I'm in the gym and I'll say it on here, the athlete has to have a good corner as he faces tougher opposition you're talking about fighting for a WORLD TITLE, it's no excuse to be so unprepared like that... This was a showcase fight and Crawford did his job, but this fight the GGG fight and the Chocolatito fights were basically won from the opening bell, the only "drama" was when the fights would be stopped... I wanna see Crawford Vs Pacman for Manny's Swan Song


-brownsugar :

This fight reminded me of a Turkey Shoot. But not in a negative way. I have an associate at work that I call the "Deer Hunter", he's an expert mechanic, has a gun permit and takes his pistol wherever he goes, except Wallmart and a few other places that put signs up. He loves to talk about the hunt and told me that the American turkey is one of the hardest prey to hunt down. Why? Because they have remarkable vision, a turkey can detect movement well and can see a person blink an eye from 60 yards away. They can remember bird calls and decoys, and once they put the make on the hunters deception, he will have to get a new bird call and a new decoy. And finally they are unpredictable, not to mention you can only kill the male turkeys using a shotgun or a crossbow. When D Jean went into survival mode which was pretty much immediately after the first knock down I openly wondered if Crawford was up to the task of staking out Jean long enough to get him trapped along the ropes to finish him. Crawford did catch him with some good shots, although Jean's backside was always near the ropes, but the slippery Canadian was extremely adept at avoiding Crawford head and body assault. Jean likes to ambush his opponents like Jean Pascal, he is unpredictable and will lash out fiercely after long periods of zero activity. I thought Crawford did a great job of bagging his turkey, it was task of patience, unwavering focus, and a single minded tenacity. I'd love to see him fight Pac in April2016, if not Pac then Postol, This guy is a class act and is too good to keep out of the ring for too long.


-brownsugar :

I like this Crawford Kid, I'm not a fan of the HBO commentators constantly pushing other fights and not "analyzing" the fight, Jean's camp did a terrible job of preparing him for Crawford to go southpaw, the fight ended in the first round and just got stopped in the tenth... I saw this a lot when I'm in the gym and I'll say it on here, the athlete has to have a good corner as he faces tougher opposition you're talking about fighting for a WORLD TITLE, it's no excuse to be so unprepared like that... This was a showcase fight and Crawford did his job, but this fight the GGG fight and the Chocolatito fights were basically won from the opening bell, the only "drama" was when the fights would be stopped... I wanna see Crawford Vs Pacman for Manny's Swan Song
Ditto SPF!


-Radam G :

T-Craw looked like an angry sidewalk junkie pug against a sparringmate that Da Manny handles with ease and go gentle on. Bud was full cocked and couldn't shut Jean down without a mad rush and some help from the ref. Bud is welcome to come to Maynila to be the sacrificing lamb for Da Manny's last scrap. It will not be a thrilla and nobody will call Bud an ugly gorilla. He will just get KTFO. And we will give him a nice hospital bed and a pilla [sic]. And we will treat him gentle and loving like a pet chinchilla. Hehe! Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I will be highly surprised if Manny's management team and trainer allow him to enter the square circle with Crawford. He rehydrated to 156 lbs tonight and he would negate Pac Man's southpaw advantage by fighting out of the southpaw stance himself. Pacquiao would have the speed advantage, but I would have to favor Crawford due to his ability to fight out of both stances, his educated jab, and his size advantage. If the fight ever happens, I predict Bud by decision or possible late round TKO.


-SouthPawFlo :

I think it'll be a good fight if it happens, manny is sooooo offensively gifted and has all the experience advantages and would have the edge in speed, but Crawford is bigger, younger and stronger and full of confidence and killer instinct... I would lean towards Pacquaio because I saw what Gamboa's speed did to Crawford for 5 rounds and Manny's footwork is still outta this world... Don't let the Mayweather loss fool you, Pacman is still outta this world good and them angles he fights at and the ability to throw 60-80 punches a round might be a problem for Bud....


-Radam G :

I will be highly surprised if Manny's management team and trainer allow him to enter the square circle with Crawford. He rehydrated to 156 lbs tonight and he would negate Pac Man's southpaw advantage by fighting out of the southpaw stance himself. Pacquiao would have the speed advantage, but I would have to favor Crawford due to his ability to fight out of both stances, his educated jab, and his size advantage. If the fight ever happens, I predict Bud by decision or possible late round TKO.
Sorry! But you are dead wrong with that one. Da Manny would kayo the chin-up-in-da-$ky southpaw-fighting Bud as he did David Diaz. Da Manny ain't ever had a problem with fellow southpaws. He eats them alive. And a switch hitter as slow-punching Bud will be lunch meat. For T-Craw's own benefit, he is lucky that it is just talk about him dancing with Da Manny after the way he looked tonight. And how he expressed his hood anger at Jean. Anger has no place among the elite of pugilism. An angry pug is a quick-to-get KTFO or go "No mas" or get D'Qed by chewing your ear off. Holla!


-Radam G :

I hope that the cocksure, still-have-not-out-grown-hoodism Bud comes to Maynila. He will be easy breezy for Da Manny sent-off-to-full-time-politricks scrap. Bud will be like an Omaha wood rat caused in a trap. And for him, it will be a disappointing rap. With his chin up in the sky like it is, he could not even handle a Pacman's tap. The skill level and fighting funk between him and Da Manny is a monstrous gap. Bud is like a baby still in his momma's lap. On his undefeated record, there will be playing of taps. And he would be knocked da double fudge out, and taking a long nap. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

If Top Rank was trying to maximize exposure they should have Crawford fight Postol in January and come backf for he manny in June, and that'll give manny a full year to recover from the shoulder injury... Crawford is only a draw in Nebraska, have him fight Postol in California and get him in front of a different audience.....


-Domenic :

Crawford - Postol is one of the best match ups out there right now. Hope it's imminent. The current version of Pacquiao gets stopped by both of these guys. Remember, MP was completely impotent against Mayweather, a non-threatening, non-offensive fighter. Both Crawford and Postol are offensive fighters, and both would apply perpetual pressure and hit him, a lot. Against Mayweather, he was able to just hang around and coast, knowing he wouldn't get hit with anything meaningful at all. He wouldn't have that luxury with Crawford/Postol. I'd liken it to the weather. Being in with Crawford/Postol would be like the hurricane that just landed in Mexico, whereas being in with Mayweather was like dealing with a little mist, a touch of breeze, and a little overcast.


-Radam G :

If Top Rank was trying to maximize exposure they should have Crawford fight Postol in January and come backf for he manny in June, and that'll give manny a full year to recover from the shoulder injury... Crawford is only a draw in Nebraska, have him fight Postol in California and get him in front of a different audience.....
Postol is another sparring mate of Da Manny that will also beat Bud. Holla!


-Radam G :

The likely thing that happens is that Bud fights Postol on Da Manny's undercard in Maynila. Holla!


-amayseng :

I think it'll be a good fight if it happens, manny is sooooo offensively gifted and has all the experience advantages and would have the edge in speed, but Crawford is bigger, younger and stronger and full of confidence and killer instinct... I would lean towards Pacquaio because I saw what Gamboa's speed did to Crawford for 5 rounds and Manny's footwork is still outta this world... Don't let the Mayweather loss fool you, Pacman is still outta this world good and them angles he fights at and the ability to throw 60-80 punches a round might be a problem for Bud....
Good analysis, do not forget Pac has that POWER. Absolute one shot negating or ending power and ripping ball you up into a defensive single punch only power. Floyd was highly technical and stalled much of that fight due to Pac's power just off the straight counter left. Has everyone forgotten how good Floyd is?


-amayseng :

Crawford - Postol is one of the best match ups out there right now. Hope it's imminent. The current version of Pacquiao gets stopped by both of these guys. Remember, MP was completely impotent against Mayweather, a non-threatening, non-offensive fighter. Both Crawford and Postol are offensive fighters, and both would apply perpetual pressure and hit him, a lot. Against Mayweather, he was able to just hang around and coast, knowing he wouldn't get hit with anything meaningful at all. He wouldn't have that luxury with Crawford/Postol. I'd liken it to the weather. Being in with Crawford/Postol would be like the hurricane that just landed in Mexico, whereas being in with Mayweather was like dealing with a little mist, a touch of breeze, and a little overcast.
Dom my friend, Pac hurt and staggered Floyd at least 3 different times during their fight.


-amayseng :

I think Postol would be the more difficult of the two due to his height, reach and jab. Though that fight will not happen because of Roach training both. Floyd ended his career against a no hope cream puff like Berto. How will Pac end his?


-Radam G :

I think Postol would be the more difficult of the two due to his height, reach and jab. Though that fight will not happen because of Roach training both. Floyd ended his career against a no hope cream puff like Berto. How will Pac end his?
I have to doubt you on Postol. He served as Da Manny's sparringmate going into the Algieri Scrap. And he was no match for Da Manny's savvy or speed. Da Manny's has never had a problem with height, reach and a jab. The closest that he ever came to one was Morales in Bout I. Other than that he tore up long Johns such as Big Money Oscar, Margarito and Algieri, to name three. Holla!


-Radam G :

I think Postol would be the more difficult of the two due to his height, reach and jab. Though that fight will not happen because of Roach training both. Floyd ended his career against a no hope cream puff like Berto. How will Pac end his?
It is hard to say. We are trying to get scary-arse Hulkquez. But he is firmly holding out. So it may be Lucas Mathysse. But if Amir Khan quit acting like an A-side demanding diva, it could be him. But if Bradley gets pass Rios, he is a likely candid. But don't be surprised if Lil Floyd strikes a deal not to have his PEDs usage exposed and strikes a deal to go against a healthy PacMan. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Crawford - Postol is one of the best match ups out there right now. Hope it's imminent. The current version of Pacquiao gets stopped by both of these guys. Remember, MP was completely impotent against Mayweather, a non-threatening, non-offensive fighter. Both Crawford and Postol are offensive fighters, and both would apply perpetual pressure and hit him, a lot. Against Mayweather, he was able to just hang around and coast, knowing he wouldn't get hit with anything meaningful at all. He wouldn't have that luxury with Crawford/Postol. I'd liken it to the weather. Being in with Crawford/Postol would be like the hurricane that just landed in Mexico, whereas being in with Mayweather was like dealing with a little mist, a touch of breeze, and a little overcast.
I agree with much of your assessment D. Crawford has a very "educated" jab from both stances and it is better out of the southpaw stance than from the orthodox stance. Floyd defeated Manny primarily due to his ability to control range via his jab and when Manny got past his jab he "tied" his little a$$ up most of the time. Crawford has a different skill set and temperament than Mayweather and would lay it all on the line against Pac. I am not saying he would dominate Pacquiao, but I believe that the advantages that he brings to table would be too much for the smaller predictable fighter. Crawford is a boxer-puncher that can out box or bang out a foe from either stance. Speed alone won't be enough against him because he constantly makes adjustments. Gamboa may not hit as hard as Pacquiao, but I would argue that his hands are as fast as Pacquiao's. Bud illustrated in that fight that he is a chess player that can make adjustments and neutralize speed. Pac gets out boxed or possibly stopped and all the blind Pac fans will be saying that his heart was not in it instead of giving Crawford his credit.


-Radam G :

I agree with much of your assessment D. Crawford has a very "educated" jab from both stances and it is better out of the southpaw stance than from the orthodox stance. Floyd defeated Manny primarily due to his ability to control range via his jab and when Manny got past his jab he "tied" his little a$$ up most of the time. Crawford has a different skill set and temperament than Mayweather and would lay it all on the line against Pac. I am not saying he would dominate Pacquiao, but I believe that the advantages that he brings to table would be too much for the smaller predictable fighter. Crawford is a boxer-puncher that can out box or bang out a foe from either stance. Speed alone won't be enough against him because he constantly makes adjustments. Gamboa may not hit as hard as Pacquiao, but I would argue that his hands are as fast as Pacquiao's. Bud illustrated in that fight that he is a chess player that can make adjustments and neutralize speed. Pac gets out boxed or possibly stopped and all the blind Pac fans will be saying that his heart was not in it instead of giving Crawford his credit.
T-Craw will be beat outside of Nebraska this year. And it won't be by Da Manny. Bud is a very straight-up simple switch hitter who likes to fight and is too easy to hit with small and big shots. When he loses, he will disappear like a strike of lightening. Now you see him. And then won't. He is a millennium Don Curry. Holla!


-Radam G :

If Top Rank was trying to maximize exposure they should have Crawford fight Postol in January and come backf for he manny in June, and that'll give manny a full year to recover from the shoulder injury... Crawford is only a draw in Nebraska, have him fight Postol in California and get him in front of a different audience.....
No way that Da Bobfather will even try to sell a PacMan-Bud scrap. There is absolutely no big moolah to be made. Unless the contest be held in Dubai. Otherwise, FORGET IT! We are dealing with BIG, BIG prizefighting when it comes to Da Manny. Da Bobfather will have to pay Da Manny $25-to-$30 mil. And then will only have about $250,000-to-$300,000 for Bud. And Bud is not going to take that small amount of bread when has been making up to $450,000 for his last couple of scraps. Holla!


-Domenic :

Yes sir, but Manny never let his hands go (he landed 80 punches or something, less than 7 a round). I don't ever remember Floyd in real, serious danger, like against Mosley or even Judah. And sure, perhaps the injury was the reason, or Mortcola's hypothesis that he's lost his instinct to inflict hurt on someone, or maybe just the wear and tear of a lot of fights. Who knows. But at this stage of the game, both Crawford and Postol are bad news for him. Floyd, as he's wont to do, never pressed for the KO after the tone had been set (ultra tactical, very little landing from either man). Crawford and Postol will not settle for tactical, and will force a fight. But we'll see. I'd be surprised to see either of them get the Pacquiao call.


-Radam G :

Maybe Hulkquez will want some of Bud. Hulkquez is scared syetless of another go with Da Manny, but he keep making noise about how he wants to win another title in another division. Holla!