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article imageTerence Crawford dominates Beltran, remains unbeaten

By Leo Reyes     Nov 30, 2014 in Sports
Omaha boxing sensation Terence Crawford retains his WBO lightweight title Saturday night after outpointing former Manny Pacquiao's sparring partner Raymundo Beltran at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska
The unbeaten Omaha native dominated the 12-round fight against Beltran, a veteran of 37 pro fights and a former NABF champion.
Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), fought for the second time in his native Omaha in front of more than 10,000 in attendance.
Judges scorecard: 119-109 (twice) and 120-108 all in favor of Crawford.
After the fight Crawford publicly announced his decision to leave the 135 pound lightweight limit to move up to 140 and hope to meet Pacquiao there if no agreement is reach between him and Floyd Mayweather in the 147 pound limit.
"This is it [at lightweight]," Crawford said. "This is it -- like Michael Jackson."
Pacquiao holds the WBO title in the 147 limit (welterweight) and plans to slide down to 140 for a possible clash with unbeaten Danny Garcia.
After knocking out Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa last June 28, veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant said Crawford is ripe for a ring showdown with Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao.
“I’d like to see Crawford fight Manny Pacquiao next. I think if he’s going to move up to 140 lbs as he said and to me the ideal weight for Manny has been 140, why not?”
Bob Arum, who promotes Crawford, has big plans for the Omaha native including a crack at his No.1 cash cow Manny Pacquiao.
"Down the road -- and it's very possible -- that a year from now we put him in with Pacquiao. That would be a huge fight and a great fight. If you really think you have a great fighter with superstar qualities, you move him that way, you don't protect him. You move a superstar into the biggest fights you can make for him, and that's what we are going to do." Arum toLd ESPN.
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