Mikey Garcia remains a huge underdog to shock Errol Spence
Despite many pundits changing their minds over the past few weeks, Mikey Garcia is still a long shot to rip away the IBF welterweight title from champion Errol Spence.
Garcia is 3/1 with UK bookmakers, and across the Atlantic, many number crunchers just don’t see how the four-weight ruler can get over the weight differential.
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While Garcia ranks higher on some pound-for-pound lists, there’s just no getting around the fact that the former featherweight will be at a significant size, reach, and power disadvantage.
Spence is also still in his prime at 29, whereas Garcia is now on the wrong side of 30. Garcia’s best chance in this fight is if Spence looks past him.
With 11 straight stoppages, including eight by Round 7, the Truth has not made a habit of losing focus.
Obviously, Spence hits the ring on fight night a lot bigger than he does when he weighs in at 147 pounds. And with Garcia fighting as low as 126 pounds in the past, the fight shares echoes of Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito.
What happened on both those occasions? The smaller guy won the day.
It’s just a question of whether Garcia has the stamina to last with the bigger man. He certainly has the talent. Whilst as the old saying goes; ‘If you’re good enough, you’re strong enough’.
Becoming a five-weight world champion would put Garcia on a par with Floyd Mayweather in terms of divisions conquered and push the Mexican-American to new heights in the P4P Rankings.
As he admitted himself, Spence was surprised Garcia even wanted the fight. At first, he thought it was a joke.
Now, Garcia has to prove the joke won’t be on him at the AT & T Stadium in Texas.
‘The Truth’ is a nickname Spence boasts with pride, but will it be Garcia who was avoiding that fact when he went to Al Haymon with his idea for the fight.
It could be a hard slog for Garcia to make it to the full twelve rounds unless he proves to Spence early on he can match his power with equal amounts of guile and skill.
One thing is for sure, we will find out on Saturday night.