"This is the biggest opportunity of my life except for the Olympics", he said months ago at the initial press conference that made the fight official.
He said through an interpreter, " I really believe this will be a war on Saturday night.
Diaz, 33, lost a close decision to Lamont Peterson, but beat Adrian Granados and Sammy Vasquez to get here, and his promoter Lou DiBella didn't take kindly to the suggestion his fighter has "no chance" against the peaking Crawford.
In Crawford you get a chance to see one of the best boxers on the planet right now. "I believe I have the power to hurt him". As Crawford settled into a regular rotation of three title fights in a calendar year, Colorado Springs became his home.
Asked if he pays attention to the unofficial pound-for-pound rankings, Crawford said, "I pay a little bit of attention to it".
"I'm excited to be fighting in The Garden's main arena and following in the steps of great fighters - legends". I look at it as playing a big part in the ratings, but I just worry about winning and everything will fall into place. I see a lot of weaknesses in his game that I know I can take advantage of. But no fighter wants to be considered an underdog and that mindset could go a long way Saturday night. Sort of the fight [Cuban Yuriorkis] Gamboa fought against Crawford, but my guy's the bigger guy. If I win this fight, my next stop is Trump Tower where I can wave my Green Card at the building for everyone in there to see it. My family's future depends on my winning the fight.
"The Garden will feel like Peru to me on Saturday night. I'll be bringing a lot of people here", Stevenson said. "With a world title shot at stock I'm going to give it everything I've got on Saturday night".
"I'm excited and ready to put on a show". It was great being in training camp with Terence [Crawford].
No matter how it might appear from the outside, looking in, beating him is a lot harder than it looks.
Longtime lightweight world title contender Ray Beltran (32-7-1) faces veteran Johnathan Maicelo (25-2) in a bout that sees several regional titles at 135 pounds on the line between the two men. Sanctioned by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as a world lightweight title elimination bout, the victor of the 12-round rumble will also lay claim to the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International and the NABF and NABO lightweight titles, now held by Beltran. The world championship event will also feature the Pride of Newark and 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist SHAKUR STEVENSON (1-0) on the non-televised undercard.