Errol Spence Jr. On Mikey Garcia: "This Is A 50/50 Fight"

Errol Spence Jr

When International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and similarly undefeated four-division belt-owner Mikey Garcia battle each other on Sunday (Manila time), one of the ringside spectator will be Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao. You could nearly see Errol doing the same. "For me, I have to choose Pacquiao".

Garcia, the reigning WBC lightweight champion who is 39-0 with 30 knockouts, is moving up two weight classes to take on Spence, at 24-0 with 21 knockouts and fighting at home in North Texas for the second time in nine months.

Despite jumping two weight divisions, Garcia, 31, told SunSport a victory over the "feared" Spence, 29, will cement his position as the best fighter on the planet. He said he believed he was ahead of schedule as far as becoming a pay-per-view attraction.

"If I wanted to make a big splash and a big name for myself I needed to go for the best out there and Errol Spence is the man right now at welterweight". I'm happy Fox is backing me and believe in me and we can have a good promotion like we've been having.

"I would like [the buys] to be a couple of hundred thousand. He had a lot of fights". I've won two world titles here.

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Spence will look to turn back the challenge of Mikey Garcia at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night, while Crawford will square off with Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden on April 20.

Mikey Garcia knows he has to fight the best fight of his life, and insists that people haven't yet seen the best of him in the ring because he hasn't yet had an opponent like Spence. He said he's optimistic it can break the stadium record of 51,240 for boxing, set in 2016 when Canelo Alvarez defeated Liam Smith.

"We can go 12 rounds for sure", Garcia said. "The Cowboys say they anticipate a record crowd [for boxing]". All the indicators are very positive and pointing in the direction of a big event, but I don't want to jinx it. Bars and restaurants across the United States are reporting unbelievable numbers, in excess of what Canelo and [Gennady Golovkin] did their first fight.

Richard Schaefer has been involved in boxing for more than two decades and knows as much as anyone how hard it is to sell pay-per-views. There have been millions of people who have watched the various shoulder programming for this fight and the fight has been marketed and advertised a lot by Fox.

Schaefer praised Fox's help in pushing the fight and said it's making a difference in ticket sales, as well as pay-per-view potential. Part of the intrigue entering this fight is the fact that both have been so dominant throughout their careers that neither one has been pushed to the absolute limit and forced to find out how great they can actually be. "So it definitely deserves all of the attention, all the coverage, and when it comes to the pay-per-view, being that it's my first pay-per-view, it's just very special to be here". 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.

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