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Bevy of belts should boost boxer Terence Crawford's pound-for-pound standing

Bevy of belts should boost boxer Terence Crawford's pound-for-pound standing

The obligatory talks surrounding Saturday night’s bout focused on Terence Crawford’s plan to defeat mutual two-belt 140-pound champion Julius Indongo and become the division’s unified champion. But the real discussions began after the pleasantries ended.

First, Crawford trainer Brian McIntyre wondered who would be favored if Crawford (31-0, 22 knockouts) were to fight 40-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Don’t you dare utter ‘Mayweather,’ ” Crawford said, flashing a knowing grin.

When it was noted that pure talent can be overruled by popularity, as oddsmakers set a line, Crawford nodded reluctantly and agreed. “Mayweather’s got a lot of fans.”

But Crawford, from...

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