The perception, in boxing, is that many are running far away from IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Whether that’s the case, who knows, but one man we know for sure who is not running is four-division world champion, Mikey Garcia. In his welterweight debut, Garcia is looking to defeat Spence on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas(FOX Sports PPV).
When talking about this fight, you have to look at size. Spence has fought at 147 his career; while Garcia has not gone past 140, but according to Spence, size won’t matter in this fight.
“The size difference won’t matter,” Spence said this week. “Skill for skill and talent for talent, I’m more dominant than him in every aspect. I’ll beat him at anything he wants to do. On paper, he’s the toughest opponent to date, but once we get in the ring, we’ll find out.
“I don’t think anyone has the power to knock me out. We don’t allow that kind of mentality into training camp. I hope he tries though.”
If he beats Garcia on Saturday night, Spence believes that would make him the number one pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.
“This win makes me pound-for-pound number one,” Spence said. “Mikey has a great record and a big fan base, and I feel like winning this fight turns me into a star. Everyone wants to take Floyd Mayweather’s place as the face of boxing, and this puts me on the right track to become the face of boxing and the best fighter in the world
“This is a legendary fight. This is where we see what fighters are made of. There have been a lot of great fights when little guys came up and beat a bigger fighter. You can’t ever write off the little guy. This is going to be a hard fight.”
Spence is looking to bring the pain to Garcia, and his primary goal is to make Garcia regret taking this fight.
“I know I’m the best fighter in the world and I’m going to show it Saturday night. I’m going to punish him and make him wish he took his brother’s advice to not take this fight.”