Garcia: ‘A lot of people underestimate the power when they face me’

Mikey Garcia hosted a media workout in Riverside, CA. on Tuesday as he prepares to battle IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on the first Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event Saturday, March 16 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The undefeated Garcia(39-0, 30 KOs) is a four-division champion, but this by far is the biggest challenge of his career, and while Spence is the bigger guy, Garcia believes that people should not sleep on his power.

“A lot of people underestimate the power when they face me,” Garcia said. “They don’t see my physical size as a threat. But you know they feel the power once we’re in the ring and definitely change their minds.

“(I wanted to fight Spence) because he’s the best right now in the (welterweight) division. I want to make a statement. I want to make a mark, and you know I have to do that against the best.”

Not only does Garcia believe he has the power to hurt Spence, but the 31-year-old Garcia thinks he is the more skilled fighter.

“I believe I’m a better fighter overall,” Garcia said. “When it comes to footwork, I think I have the better footwork. When it comes to speed, I think I have better speed. When it comes to defense, I have better defense. With timing, I have better timing. All of these things are what will help me win this fight. The only thing that he has going for him that’s apparent is the size, height, weight and reach.

“I’ve always said I’m better than him. Not by a lot, but just enough to beat him. He also reminds me of myself in a lot of ways, the way he fights, the way he is. He does everything well, good footwork, good speed, controls the fight at his distance that he likes… In a lot of ways, it resembles the way I fight. But I still feel that I’m better in every one of those ways and that’s what I’m betting on.”

This is an intriguing fight, but no matter what happens, you have to give Garcia a lot of credit for trying to beat a guy that many are reluctant to fight, but, in the end, Garcia is willing to risk it all to be great.

Photo: Don Alexander/Dallas Cowboys

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