Garcia vs Spence Jr : While Garcia is looking more towards legacy with a career-defining win, Spence is merely looking to confirm the feelings many observers had about him since he first entered the title picture, that this could be the successor to Floyd Mayweather as the next great welterweight star in waiting.
Errol Spence Jr. vs Mikey Garcia
IBF welterweight title
Place: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Time: 9:00 pm ET
Garcia vs Spence Jr Live Stream
“This is a legendary fight. This is where we see what fighters are made of,” Spence said. “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.
“Mikey is supposed to think he’s going to win this fight. He called me out, so they obviously think that they see something. I’m glad he’s as confident as I am. I hope he keeps that same energy inside of the ring.”
Garcia is simply too talented from the standpoint of timing and accuracy to get steamrolled like some have predicted. He also has enough pop, having won a world title last year at 140 pounds by dropping Sergey Lipinets, to keep Spence honest in the early going.
Garcia vs Spence Jr : IBF
The true test, however, will come in the middle rounds once Spence is able to set up and land his left hand, which is a scenario he may be able to speed up should he be able to use his jab as a weapon sooner than later. Either way, this will be a turning point moment for Garcia where he will need to show elite levels of chin, toughness and heart to be able to make the championship adjustments that would give him a chance at winning.
Garcia doing so is far from automatic, however, as even a big welterweight like Kell Brook fell into the same pattern that the majority of Spence’s opponents have in that they slowly began to wilt upon feeling his power while transitioning into a posture of survival. Still, given the bold lengths Garcia has gone through to get the fight, it’s hard to imagine anything short of being willing to go out on his shield as a realistic ending should things turn south.