That would put him in a select group with Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Amid crowds, Spence isn't an imposing physical specimen.
"He's considered as the most feared man in the division, he has 21 knockouts in 24 victories, he's a big threat and risk, so to get all the credit and recognition I need to defeat this man".
Not only is Spence used to the heavier division, the 29-year-old southpaw is about three inches taller and has a longer reach.
Garcia had never weighed more than 139½ pounds, which he registered for a fight last March, when he outpointed undefeated Sergey Lipinets to claim a junior welterweight belt. I dare to say it. He does have a title at 140. So, I mean everybody has a chance. "So, he definitely has a chance".
When Spence and Garcia step into the ring Saturday night - at midfield in the massive billion-dollar home stadium of the favorite National Football League team for both fighters - it will be a matchup of undefeated champions, and two of the best pound-for-pound boxers. Those odds aside, Garcia is a textbook technician known for out-thinking and out-maneuvering his opponents.
What Spence represents is not only the biggest opponent physically, but arguably the most avoided fighter in boxing today. The DeSoto, Texas, native would've preferred a welterweight title unification fight against Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter or Terence Crawford, but he respects Garcia's willingness to box a bigger, stronger fighter.
He's fighting Oxnard, California's Mikey Garcia, who is jumping a weight class to battle Spence for the title. 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. They can feel however they feel. "I don't plan on being big or huge". Schaefer noted a number of big-name fighters like Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard have picked Garcia, and that's motivated the Mexican and Mexican-American fan base, Schaefer said.
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"You have people like a Bernard Hopkins, like a Mike Tyson, like a Sugar Ray Leonard, like a Teddy Atlas, you have all these people now who are starting to pick Mikey Garcia to win". "That's one thing that Errol Spence doesn't know".
Spence has mentioned throughout the build that even though he believes he is better than Garcia in every category, it doesn't matter to him if he's proven wrong on Saturday because should it come down to it, he has no problem relying on the "dog" and grit inside of him to get the job done. "On paper, he's the toughest opponent to date but once we get in the ring we'll find out". The 2012 Olympian will headline a pay-per-view card for the first time since he turned pro six years ago. "I got one job".
Spence doesn't think size will play a big role in the bout.
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. He broke down Brook during that scheduled 12-rounder and beat the hometown hero by 11th-round technical knockout in May 2017.
"I want to show everybody I'm not afraid of anyone and I am very capable of fighting the best and that's why I chose him".
"Getting this victory will leave my name in the history books", Garcia said this week. "I'm still gonna do what I always do, and that's dominate like I did in Sheffield". This is a unsafe fight for myself. "The Cowboys say they anticipate a record crowd [for boxing]".
"I give everybody the utmost respect and credit due", Spence said. "I make the fight look easy and people haven't seen the best". You know, he's just like a regular fighter. He called me out, so they obviously think that they see something. I don't really see anything. "No fighter is challenging myself like I am".
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