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article imageTerence Crawford aims to be worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao

By Leo Reyes     Jun 21, 2016 in Sports
Terence Crawford is working hard to become a worthy successor to retirement-bound and fellow Top Rank stablemate Manny Pacquiao as he prepares for his first pay-per-view fight against Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It will be Crawford's first time to fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas where Pacquiao fought at least 13 times since he won the IBF junior featherweight title against Lehlo Ledwaba of South Africa in 2001.
The venue is significant for Crawford because it will mark the beginning of his long-term plan to become a PPV attraction like Pacquiao.
It will also be his second outing in a big stage following his first appearance at the Madison Square Garden where he knocked out Hank Lundy in the fifth round to retain his WBO light welterweight title.
"It is an honor to fight in Las Vegas, especially at the MGM Grand where so many historic fights have taken place and so many great fighters have made their mark. It's the same way I felt when I headlined my first card at Madison Square Garden earlier this year. Many fighters dream of fighting on such a big stage but it's something you have to earn. I have worked very hard to get to this point in my career -- to earn the right to headline my first pay-per-view event. I can't think of a better place to do it than in the Fight Capital of the World," said Crawford, who is unbeaten in 28 pro fights.
"It's very exciting, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. There will be a lot of hard work to do in training camp to make my pay-per-view debut successful. This isn't just opening night for a new phase of my career. I want this to be the beginning of a long run as boxing's next pound for pound star and a worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr." Crawford added.
Crawford and Postol are both unbeaten in their pro careers but the 28-year-old Omaha native is slightly favored to win because of his high percentage of wins via KO.
It is going to be a tough match for Postol, who has a low knockout rating of 43 percent compared to Crawford's remarkable 71 percent rating.
Postol need not go for a KO win because his chances there aren't good, but a well thought-out plan geared toward winning the fight on points could end Crawford's 28-fight winning streak.
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