Garcia will find size does matter as he takes on Spence to find the pound-for-pound king in a fight up there with Ali-FrazierMarch 14, 2019
MIKEY GARCIA has the daunting task of disproving an old boxing adage that a good big ‘un always beats a good little ‘un.
Garcia, a four-weight world champion, is defying logic by jumping two divisions to challenge Errol Spence for his IBF world welterweight crown at Dallas Cowboys’ 100,000 seater A&T stadium tomorrow night.
The clash is a match made in heaven — legitimately it can be considered on the same level as great encounters like Ali-Frazier, Leonard-Hearns, Hagler-Hearns, Barrera-Morales and, more recently, Alvarez-Golovkin.
Both are unbeaten. Garcia has won 39 fights with 30 KOs and Spence 24 with 21 inside the distance, so it really is the best meeting the best.
Whoever wins will maintain they are the finest pound-for-pound fighter in he world today, although Vasyl Lomachenko will have something to say about that.
Fans were badly let down by the dreadful anti-climax that was Mayweather-Pacquiao, which failed miserably to live up to its hype.
But I’m confident Garcia and Spence will.
What make this battle even more intriguing is the huge physical discrepancy between Garcia and Spence, who not surprisingly is a 1-4 favourite.
American Garcia, 31, who holds the WBC lightweight title, is under no illusions about the obstacles he has set himself.
And he acknowledges local boy Spence will massively outweigh him by more than a stone.
His father Eduardo and brother Robert, who train him, tried desperately to talk him out of what most boxing insiders regard as a bridge too far.
Because Garcia will also have to cope with considerable height and reach disadvantages.
He appears to be so heavily out-gunned it’s like sending out a fishing boat to attack a battleship.
But Garcia is such an outstandingly brilliant boxer it would be foolish to rubbish his chances completely.
Despite that, top American trainers Teddy Atlas and Freddie Roach are convinced Garcia has glaringly over-reached himself.
Roach said: “It’s too much of a jump to move directly from lightweight to welterweight.
“Spence isn’t just a welterweight. He is a very big welterweight and he can hit.”
Garcia, who is the California-born son of immigrant Mexican parents, certainly won’t be without encouragement.
He will get tremendous support from the large Tex-Mex population that resides in the Dallas area.
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He said: “I want to be remembered alongside fighters like Henry Armstrong. To do it I needed to take a fight like this.
“Staying at lightweight wouldn’t improve my legacy. But this fight will.”
If he should pull it off he will join Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr as a five-weight world champion.
That’s Garcia’s dream. But I think he will end up having a rude awakening as Spence will prove size really does matter — even if it is only on points.
The Garcia-Spence fight can be seen live on ITV4 at 2am on Sunday.