- Shawn Porter is the forgotten fighter in the media's rush to anoint a new Floyd Mayweather.
- This has left the American feeling "overlooked" despite feeling like "the best welterweight in the world."
- Porter puts his world title on the line in Saturday's unification contest against Errol Spence at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
- Spence is an unbeaten boxer, who this week was profiled by the LA Times as a new Mayweather.
- A dream match-up for 2020 would pit Spence against another unbeaten American called Terence Crawford. The winner would be seen as this era's Mayweather.
- Porter told Business Insider that even if he beat Spence, Crawford would want to fight the loser. It makes him feel avoided.
- But Porter his own dream match-up in mind. He wants to defeat Spence, then challenge Manny Pacquiao.
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Shawn Porter is the forgotten fighter in the media's rush to anoint a new Floyd Mayweather, leaving him feeling "overlooked" despite proclaiming to be "the best welterweight in the world."
The American boxer Porter has 30 wins (17 by knockout) against two losses and one draw. His record has featured a who's who of top 147-pounders for more than five years. He has even posted good victories over Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia, and, most recently, Yordenis Ugas.
But Porter is not seen as the best in the world in his division, he is not heralded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, and his ability to win against elite opponents has failed to see him attract comparisons to Mayweather.
Those honors are instead reserved for Errol Spence, the unbeaten Texan who is favored to beat Porter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. The LA Times even published an opinion piece this week asking, "Can Errol Spence be the new Floyd Mayweather?"
"I think I'm the best welterweight in the world," Porter told Business Insider. "I have to continue proving myself against other great fighters. But I don't really concern myself with rankings, just winning. I'm only worried about beating Errol."
Spence, Porter said, "is sharp, smart, patient and he picks his punches." He added: "A lot like me, he likes to dictate tempo. Where he'll fall short is that I'm just hard to prepare for. I'm extremely versatile and he won't have all of the pieces to solve this puzzle."
Porter's confidence comes from his experience. He said his level of opposition is superior to Spence's. "Errol only has 25 fights," Porter said. "I don't know how many of those opponents were champions — I think only a couple. I've faced lots of top guys and I have all the experience that I need to beat Errol. I expect that to show up on fight night."
Shawn Porter feels avoided
Of the best match-ups to make in world boxing, a dream all-American affair between Spence and welterweight rival Terence Crawford has long been touted. It would pit two champions, both unbeaten, against one another. The winner could be seen as this era's Mayweather.
One man not mentioned in that match-up is Porter, who feels Crawford will do his best to avoid him should he continue winning. "I get it," he told us. "We're all human and people look to the future. But Terence Crawford said that when Shawn Porter beats Errol Spence, he'll still want to fight Spence."
"So, these other top fighters know there are dangerous fighters like me out here, but they still just want to fight who they want to fight.
"I think he's looking towards the future and maybe to other fights that he wants down the line. And yes, he's overlooking me because he wants that future that he sees for himself."
Porter finished by saying he has his own dream match-up. "After I win this fight against Spence, it should be [Manny] Pacquiao next for me," he said. "I'd love to take another belt from one of the greatest of all time."