Errol Spence vs Mikey Garcia: With all of the talk regarding Mikey Garcia’s daring move up two weight divisions and whether IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. can live up to his reputation as the boogeyman who everyone avoids, the time if finally here to focus on the actual matchup.
Spence Jr. vs Garcia Fight Info
When: Saturday, Mar. 16 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
TV: Fox pay-per-view ($74.95), ITV4 (UK only, free)
Live Stream: FoxSports.com pay-per-view
After 2018 gave us some great fights and amazing knockouts we will remember for years, 2019 may be even bigger. There’s a chance we get an undisputed heavyweight champion if Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are able to reach an agreement. But we’re also set to see business pick up at welterweight, where a ton of the young guns are finally getting marquee matchups they deserve.
We started 2019 with a bit of business in the welterweight division as Manny Pacquiao dominated Adrien Broner for an easy decision win that could set up a Floyd Mayweather rematch. Now, we have plenty of big names still to look forward to the rest of the year.
But March may be where we see welterweight pick up the most as Shawn Porter dukes it out with Yordenis Ugas before the mega PPV between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia.
DALLAS — This fight promotion, which suddenly has a promoter saying it could attract a crowd of more than 51,000 and sell upward of 1 million pay-per-views, has been all about Mikey Garcia.
The four-division champion created this event in which he’ll challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday at AT&T Stadium by saying he saw something in Spence’s game. By daring himself to be great and picking out the one guy to fight that few believed he would ever go near, let alone beat, Garcia put himself in the center of the one of the year’s most fascinating fights.
Garcia has weighed 130 or under in 33 of his 39 pro fights. He’s going up two divisions to face one of the biggest and sturdiest 147-pounders in the modern era.
The intrigue in the fight comes from the fact that Spence has no apparent weakness. He’s one of the most powerful pound-for-pound punchers in the game, and is one of the few who has legitimate one-punch knockout power in either hand.
From the standpoint of craft and technical artistry, Saturday’s title bout (Fox PPV, 9 p.m. ET) between unbeaten and pound-for-pound ranked welterweights is among the best fights that can be made in the sport for lovers of the sweet science. The fact that both Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) and Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) possess both fight-altering and fight ending power, respectively, only sweetens the pot.