Manny Pacquiao: “Spence Is Slower Than Thurman”
By: Hans Themistode
Although Manny Pacquiao hasn’t officially fought since 2019, the eight-division titlist has been quietly doing his homework.
From the moment current unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. stepped foot inside of the ring, he’s been lauded for his ability. The footwork, timing, defensive responsibility and of course, the power – has left many believing that he is the best welterweight in the world. A tag once associated with Pacquiao.
While the WBA 147-pound belt holder may agree that Spence Jr. has all of those aforementioned qualities, he also believes that the Dallas native has one major hole in his game.
“He [Spence] is too slow,” Pacquiao told Josef Ramos of BusinessMirror. “Spence is slower than Thurman but it’s going to be a good fight.”
Facing a young, undefeated, hard-hitting fighter in Spence Jr. would be difficult, but for Pacquiao, he’s overcome that very scenario in his most recent contest. Before Pacquiao took the entirety of the 2020 campaign off mostly due to COVID-19, the future hall of famer had himself a busy 2019.
After making easy work of Adrien Broner in mid-January, Pacquiao eked out a razor-close decision against previously undefeated Keith Thurman. The win for Pacquiao may have netted him the WBA welterweight title, but not without serious resistance from Thurman. Following the victory, Pacquiao tabbed Thurman as the hardest puncher he had ever faced.
Pair their grueling contest along with 26 years of experience, and the now 42-year-old is as confident as ever in securing the victory against Spence Jr. Still, Pacquiao admitted that a showdown with the powerful southpaw wasn’t exactly number one on his todo list.
After accomplishing virtually everything in the sport of boxing, Pacquiao would like to step outside of his comfort zone and do something else entirely unique.
“[Spence and McGregor are] my options, but right now I want to experience fighting an MMA [mixed martial artist],” said Pacquiao. “I will also donate a big portion of my income to Filipino COVID-19 victims.”
Mikey Garcia On Errol Spence Jr. Wanting To Face Canelo: “I Think Canelo Stops Him”
By: Hans Themistode
Former four-division world champion Mikey Garcia knows good and well just how skilled Errol Spence Jr. is. After all, the 33-year-old was handed his first defeat at the hands of Spence Jr. in March of 2019.
Still, even with Garcia losing every single round of their contest, the California native believes it would be a grave mistake should he decide to move up in weight to face Canelo Alvarez.
“Canelo beats Spence,” said Garcia during an interview with Fight Hype. “He probably would even stop him.”
Recently, Spence Jr. has floated around the idea of jumping up two weight classes in order to face the pound-for-pound star. Ironically enough, Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) was told a similar fate would be awaiting him when his showdown with Spence Jr. was finalized.
While Garcia was officially a belt holder at 140 pounds, he made his name and spent several years campaigning at 135 pounds. That, however, didn’t change his ambitions of chasing a bigger man in Spence Jr. On what was a forgettable night for Garcia, the multiple-time belt holder had difficulty dealing with the power, reach and overall boxing ability of Spence Jr.
With the unified welterweight titlist currently mulling the idea of moving up two weight divisions himself, Garcia doesn’t view it as a sagacious move. In fact, he believes Spence Jr. will succumb to a brutal ending.
“Canelo is too big and too strong. Spence is a big dude but he’s still a welterweight. Canelo is a huge dude and I think he stops him.”
As for Garcia, he’s closing in on a year outside of the ring. The California resident was last seen in February of 2020 dismantling former two-division belt holder Jessie Vargas.
Recent photos of the former champion have shown him to be a bit on the plump side as if late. Regardless of the few extra pounds though, he not only believes that he’s ready to return to the ring but he knows exactly who he wants next.
“I took too much time off. It’s time to get back. I got too fat so I gotta lose some weight. I want Manny Pacquiao then a rematch with Errol Spence.”
Bernard Hopkins Backs Canelo In Possible Errol Spence Jr. Showdown: “I Don’t Think Spence Understands On That Level Yet”
By: Hans Themistode
Bernard Hopkins has a ton of respect for unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
However, with the Dallas product stating on several occasions that he would love a matchup with four-division titlist Canelo Alvarez, who currently resides three weight classes above him, Hopkins believes he’s lost his mind.
“I like Canelo in that fight,” said Hopkins during a recent interview with Fight Hub TV. “Spence is not a huge guy. Errol Spence can fight but he’s going to have to be a little puncher to be able to get the respect from Canelo.”
Throughout the eight-year career of Spence Jr., the powerful southpaw has faced a litany of well-established fighters. From his 11th round stoppage win over Kell Brook to his decision victory over Shawn Porter, Spence Jr. has established himself as one of the best fighters not only in the welterweight division, but pound for pound.
Most recently, Spence Jr. put to bed any questions surrounding his horrific car crash in October of 2019 with a one-sided beating against Danny Garcia just a few weeks ago. With the win, the Dallas product claimed the scalp of his sixth-former champion. Still, even with success in both the pros and as a 2012 Olympian, Hopkins doesn’t believe that he’ll have the skill or physical ability to win.
“I don’t think Spence understands on that level yet. He can’t keep him off him man.”
Throughout the history of boxing, size hasn’t always been the key ingredient to winning a fight. Recently elected hall of famer in Floyd Mayweather beat several fighters who were much bigger than he was. Eight division champion Manny Pacquiao made a career out of beating larger men. In 2003, Roy Jones Jr. famously moved up from the light heavyweight to take on then heavyweight champion Jon Ruiz, giving up roughly 30 pounds. But while those aforementioned names were success stories, Hopkins believes that there is a difference between what Errol Spence Jr. is attempting to do and what his predecessors did.
“Skills,” explained Hopkins. “I don’t mind fighting a big guy if he don’t got any skills. I’ll get him tired and then beat him. But if he got skills and he’s been walking around comfortable, been in that position and you just walking right into that? Man, there must be something that I’m missing.”
Tim Bradley: “I Think Spence Just Wants To Get The money And Leave The Game”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford have been dancing around each other for years now. Most of the world has the pair ranked at the very top of the welterweight division. Deciding who is the better all-around fighter is a question that has yet to be answered, and by all accounts, it doesn’t seem as though we’ll find out anytime soon.
Recently, Spence Jr. has made expressed a desire to jump up two or three weight classes to take on four-division titlist Canelo Alvarez.
While many have viewed Spence Jr.’s ambitions as brazen, former two-division champion Tim Bradley views his desire to do so as money-hungry.
“Why would go up and face Canelo but you won’t face Terence Crawford in the same weight class as you?” Said Bradley during a recent discussion with Andre Ward, Mark Kriegel and Joe Tessitore. “That’s a money thing for him.”
In the case of Alvarez, the Mexican superstar is viewed by many as the number one fighter in the world. He’s also considered the sport’s number one attraction, routinely raking in tens of millions of dollars for each appearance in the ring.
In his most recent bout which took place last week against former WBA/Ring magazine super-middleweight champion Callum Smith, Alvarez reportedly pulled in north of 20 million for his one-sided victory. In September of 2018, Alvarez signed a 10 fight, 350 million dollar deal with DAZN. Although their contract has since been terminated, Alvarez continues to see lucrative offers, including a three-fight deal worth $75 million from Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) earlier this year.
With a career-high payday likely if he were to secure a showdown with Alvarez, although Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs) is only 30 years of age, Bradley believes that the Dallas product simply wants to load up his duffle bag with cash and exit stage left.
“I think that Spence is at a point now and correct me if I’m wrong but I think he just wants to get the money and leave the game.”
For Bradley, a matchup between Spence Jr. and Crawford is one that he fantasizes about but doesn’t expect to happen. One constant issue that has prevented the two from fighting one another is Spence Jr.’s association with PBC and Crawford’s alignment with Top Rank. With that said, Crawford is currently under contract with Top Rank for only one more year. A possible landing spot for Crawford once his contract does expire is PBC.
Still, even if Crawford were to sign on the dotted line with the same promotional outfit as Spence Jr., Bradley still won’t get his hopes up.
“He has no intentions of fighting Terence Crawford. Even if Terence Crawford was to jump ship and go over there to PBC, I still don’t see the fight happening.”
Terence Crawford Says He’s Officially Done Pursuing Errol Spence Jr. Fight: “That Chapter Is Now Close”
By: Hans Themistode
Stop asking about it.
That was the gist of what WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford was saying when he heard the words uttered from unified champion Errol Spence Jr.
“It could happen,” said Spence Jr. during a recent interview when asked about a showdown with Crawford before ultimately switching his attention to someone else entirely. “We gotta see how it go but I can move up to 160 and fight Canelo Alvarez.”
For years now, a bout between Spence Jr. and Crawford has been tabbed as one of the biggest in all of boxing. But for whatever reason, neither side has come close to hammering out a deal. According to Spence Jr., their showdown failing to come to fruition is due to team Crawford and his promoter Bob Arum. To make things easier on the pair, the 30-year-old Dallas product left an ironclad list of things that needed to happen in order to move their contest closer to the finish line.
“It’s just about Al (Haymon) and Bob to sit down and for Bob to stop lying,” explained Spence Jr. “We’ll see but it definitely could happen. Just gotta sit down and talk numbers so it definitely could happen. But like I said I’m the big dog in the welterweight division. He has to take a backseat and take that 60/40 or 70/30 or whatever we give him.”
As Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs) continued to detail his demands, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) couldn’t help but laugh. The 33-year-old former three-division titlist, like most of the boxing world, listened closely to what Spence Jr. had to say. Not only was he left discouraged from what he heard but he has ultimately decided to pick up his ball and head home.
“And they said it was me,” said Crawford on his social media account. “I rest my case now, on to the next. That chapter is now close.”
While Crawford could reverse course, there isn’t much time to do so. Spence Jr. has always been regarded as a big welterweight. And for as dominant as he has been throughout his career, the undefeated titlist is ready to move on sooner rather than later.
“I’m a guy that sucks down to 147. I really think that people only see 80-70% percent of me at 147 pounds. I’m a guy that’s outgrown the weight. I’m just holding around because I want to be undisputed champion at 147.”
Errol Spence Jr. Eyeing Move To 154: “Probably Two Or Three More Fights Before I Move Up”
By: Hans Themistode
Without knowing what weight class Errol Spence Jr. campaign’s in, many would assume the Dallas native is roughly a 160 pounder. That of course, wouldn’t be true as he currently resides two weight classes lower in the welterweight division.
The 30-year-old unified titlist has always been big for the weight, something he has used to punish foes during his 147-pound tenure. Making weight has never been an issue, but with eight years in one division, the powerful southpaw is eyeing a change of scenery. A move up in weight isn’t exactly imminent but he can certainly see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Probably two or three more fights before I move up,” said Spence Jr. during a recent interview on the PBC podcast.
For Spence Jr., he’s fresh off proving his doubters wrong with his dominant in-ring performance. With roughly a year spent on the sidelines recovering from a horrific car accident, Spence Jr. was asked nearly every day if he was going to be the same pound for pound level fighter that he once was. The questions, although necessary, grew tiresome for him. The inquiries regarding his health however, will no longer be needed as he went on to dismantle former two-division champion, Danny Garcia just a few weeks ago.
The win may have placed him back on track, but if for some unfortunate reason Spence Jr. was unable to continue his career, fans of the Dallas product would have been devastated. For Spence Jr. on the other hand, not only would he have been fine but his bank account would have been well endowed.
“Tell you the truth I could’ve retired after my accident & been good. I’m here for a good time not a long time.”
Still, any talks of retirement will have to wait for at least the next several years. When Spence Jr. looks around the landscape of the welterweight division he notices that the once clustered names near the top of the weight class have cleared up considerably. With just a few more fights against other notable champions such as Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao – the unified titlist will have done exactly what he set out to do roughly eight years ago.
“I’m on the verge of cleaning out the division. I want to fight the best fighters out there, and I want to be an undefeated champion.”
Errol Spence Jr: “Stop Talking About The Accident, That Shit Is Over With”
By: Hans Themistode
From the moment Errol Spence Jr.’s car wreck made airwaves, it was all anyone could talk about. Video of the Dallas native’s Ferrari flipping over countless times, along with images of his busted face left many in the boxing world wondering whether or not he would ever enter the ring again.
Even with over a year to sit on the sidelines to heal, questions remained. Easing his way back into things was thought to be his next best move, yet, for Spence Jr., he showed no interest as he opted for a showdown with former two-division world titlist Danny Garcia for his return bout.
Any trepidation for his choice of opponent was quickly answered as Spence Jr. cruised to a one-sided unanimous decision victory on the night. While he understands that the car wreck was a major narrative, after his dominant performance, the Dallas product would much rather everyone put that entire storyline to bed.
“I feel like people don’t need to ask about it anymore,” said Spence Jr. to Fight Hype following his victory. “That shit is over with. I can take a punch, I’m still a good boxer, I won the fight. He probably won like what? One round or something like that, so yeah stop talking about the accident. That shit is over with.”
Spence Jr., 30, didn’t appear to miss a beat against Garcia. The unified welterweight champion pushed the pace early and often while leaving his man clueless as to how to stop his onslaught. In short, Spence Jr. didn’t look like a man who had a near-death experience just one year prior.
Although the praise for his performance has been widespread, Spence Jr. on the other hand, didn’t feel quite like himself.
“I just felt like I was rusty,” explained Spence Jr. “Even though I showed good reflexes I just felt rusty. I was blocking a lot of shots and slipping but I just felt rusty.”
For Spence Jr., he’s continuously sported apparel with the message “I’m back.” But while he picked up a dominant victory over a well-respected opponent, the 30-year-old knows there is only one way he can get back to his old form.
“I’m just gonna chill out and enjoy this. It was a hard year and a half for me coming back. I’m just gonna rest a little bit and not really think about boxing for like a week then jump back on the ball. I’m not gonna get out of shape, I’m a keep working and stay in the gym.”
Danny Garcia Compares Errol Spence Jr. To Keith Thurman And Shawn Porter: “He’s Physically Stronger Than All Three Of Them”
By: Hans Themistode
Outside of facing WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford, Danny Garcia has been fortunate enough to share the ring with three of the best welterweights in the world. However, he’s also had the misfortune of losing to all three.
In March of 2017, Garcia picked up the first loss of his career at the hands of former unified champion Keith Thurman via split decision. One year later, Garcia would lose again, this time to former two-time titlist Shawn Porter.
Thanks to current unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday night, Garcia would find himself on the losing end of another high stakes bout. Unlike his previous defeats in which Garcia was competitive, the Philadelphia native was thoroughly outboxed and outworked.
While Garcia believes all three of them are great fighters, he gives the slight edge to Spence Jr.
“I feel like they’re all kind of on the same level,” said Garcia following his loss to Spence Jr. “He has a better jab and he’s stronger than all three of them. Physically stronger than all three of them.”
The loss for Garcia was a crucial one. During the lead up of their welterweight showdown, the former two-division titlist expressed extreme confidence. Yet, it was clear early on that the Philadelphia native had little answers for not only the boxing ability and inside game of his opponent, but also his jab. On countless occasions, Garcia’s head would snap back because of it. No excuses were given as to why he couldn’t adjust to Spence Jr.’s long-range attack. Instead, he simply tipped his cap to the Dallas product.
“The key to the fight was his jab. If I would’ve took his jab a little bit more then I think I would have been more successful. Everything else I feel like I knew what he was going to do. I should’ve been busier but it’s easy to say. We were trying to land that right hand over the side, I landed it a few times but he took it well. I landed to the body good but he took it well, what can I say? He’s a true champion, I’m a true champion and we fought hard for 12 rounds but the judges gave it to him, he was the better man. I can’t make any excuses.”
Errol Spence Jr. 146.4 Pounds – Danny Garcia 146.8 Pounds, Fight Is Officially On
By: Hans Themistode
With both men reassuring everyone that they truly worked hard during their respective training camps, it came as no surprise when unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and former two-division titlist Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) stepped on to the scales well below the 147-pound limit.
Garcia, 32, stepped up first. Without even needing to look down at the scale, Garcia flexed as 146.8 pounds was yelled throughout the empty Renaissance Dallas hotel. Next up on the scale was the unified welterweight champion. The Dallas native walked up confident as ever as he easily made weight, coming in at 146.4 pounds.
Spence Jr. of course, will be entering the ring tomorrow night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas, for the first time since his 2019 unification win against Shawn Porter. His near year and a half layoff were due to not only a worldwide pandemic but also his horrifying car accident just one month after picking up the win against Porter.
Although some have questioned whether or not he will be the same dominant fighter that he always was, Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) on the other hand, isn’t concerned in the slightest and has vowed to dish out a beating to Garcia tomorrow night.
While Spence Jr. has remained confident in his abilities, so has Garcia. Both he and his father/trainer, Angel Garcia, have promised to leave the ring tomorrow night with both Spence Jr.’s IBF and WBC titles in hand.
Following their weigh-ins and their subsequent socially distanced pre-fight staredown, both Spence Jr. and Garcia made their way off the stage to rest and prepare for one of the most anticipated matchups of the boxing year.
To tune in their showdown, fans will have to fork over $74.99 for the Fox Sports Pay-Per-View. The action officially kicks off at 9 p.m. eastern time tomorrow night.
Angel Garcia On Errol Spence Jr: “I See A Man Not 100% There, Everybody Is Sugarcoating Shit”
By: Hans Themistode
He’s said it over and over and over again. Yet, Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny Garcia, just isn’t buying what Errol Spence Jr. is selling.
“He isn’t there,” said Angel during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He’s programmed to talk like that. This is a brutal business. Me personally, if I had a fighter or friend that went through trauma like that I wouldn’t be putting them nine months later in the ring but that’s not my problem. That’s between them over there.”
For the past several months, Spence Jr. has claimed that he has gotten over his horrific car wreck both mentally and physically. The unified welterweight champion’s unfortunate auto mishap came in October of 2019. Video of Spence Jr. being flung from his vehicle like a rag doll made the rounds on social media. Despite the seriousness of the accident however, doctors found no broken bones and ruled his health to be just fine.
During a recent media workout session, Spence Jr. looked as prepared as ever as he cracked the heavyweight bag, shirtless, to show off his physique. He may have looked good during his workout session and continued to say the right things, but after taking a look at him in person, Angel is convinced that something just isn’t right.
“Everybody is sugarcoating shit. I can just look at that man. I know the man is a champ and I give him that credit but he’s not all there. I can study people man, I can read your soul man. I’m just saying man I can see it. I see a man not 100% there.”
Angel’s assumption on the health of Spence Jr. works to the benefit of his son, Danny Garcia, as the two are slated to face off this weekend on December 5th. While Angel is under the impression that Danny will strip Spence Jr. of both of his titles in just a few more days, that doesn’t mean the Garcia’s took their foot off the gas during training camp.
“We had a perfect training camp. Perfect sparring, perfect everything. No injuries, no nothing. Danny is a great listener. He’s not hard to work with so he makes the job easier.”
If Spence Jr. hasn’t in fact, fully recovered, many would question why exactly would he be willing to face Danny in his first fight back. Those in boxing circles were expecting to see the Dallas native in a much “safer,” fight in his return bout. To Angel though, that wouldn’t make any sense. Losing to someone on the bottom of the totem pole isn’t the way Spence Jr. should be aiming to go out in the opinion of Angel.
“He might as well lose to a true champion. Why would I want to take a warm-up and lose to a nobody and look like a knucklehead.”
Errol Spence Jr: “Even If I Was At 70 Percent Danny Garcia Couldn’t Beat Me”
By: Hans Themistode
The questions have become repetitive and somewhat irritating. Yet, they are also necessary.
As Errol Spence Jr. counts down the final days until his ring return against Danny Garcia on December 5th, the unified welterweight champion has found himself answering the same questions surrounding his health for months.
The inquiries into his physical fitness, of course, stem from his horrific car crash in October of 2019. Much like the questions which remained the same, Spence Jr.’s answers have been unchanged as well.
“I feel like I’m 110%,” said Spence Jr. during an interview with Fight Hub TV.
To ensure that the Dallas native will in fact return as the same phenomenal fighter that he was before, a near nine-month training camp took place. The rough moments and rust during said camp, has Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) feeling confident that he will not only defeat Garcia but dish out a serious beating to him in the process.
If however, Spence Jr. finds himself on the wrong of a defeat for the first time of his career to Garcia, then there will be no doubt that he isn’t quite the same.
“If I get past Danny Garcia then it leads me back to where I want to be and the path that I want to be on and who I want to fight. If I can’t get past him then something is wrong. I gotta be 100% focus to get past him and that’s where I feel like I am right now.”
Under normal circumstances, 8-12 weeks is all that a fighter needs to whip himself into fighting shape. Yet, with Spence Jr.’s training protracted by several months, he isn’t worried about his timing being off in the ring. Garcia, 32, is a great fighter in his own right, having won world titles in two separate weight classes. With that being said, both Spence Jr. and his trainer, Derick James, is under the impression that nothing less than 100% of him will be walking into the ring on December 5th.
Despite his readiness though, Spence Jr. doesn’t believe 100% of his efforts would be needed.
“He’s a great fighter, iron chin and very tough but I think even if I was at 70 percent Danny Garcia couldn’t beat me.”
While boxing fans and media pundits will be watching every punch of the Dallas product intently, Spence Jr. believes Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) is the one who everyone should be keeping an eye on. Whether he’s come up big or just short, Garcia is normally the one who dishes out the punishment. In a matchup against Keith Thurman in March of 2017, Garcia would pick up the first loss of his career. The win for Thurman may have netted an additional world title at the time, but as he explained on numerous occasions, Garcia was by far the hardest puncher he had ever faced.
In short, Garcia may have two losses on his resume, but no one has ever hammered him. If everything goes according to Spence Jr.’s plan however, this Saturday night will be the first.
“I’m gonna try to put a beating on Danny Garcia and make it the worse beating he’s ever had in his boxing career.”
Errol Spence Jr. On Danny Garcia Showdown: “I’m Looking To Have This A One-sided Beating”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr. may not say much, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t listening.
For years the unified welterweight champion was credited for his knockout power but his boxing ability was questioned before he took on Mikey Garcia in March of 2019. His ability to fight on the inside may have been highly touted but in no way could he outmuscle and outwork Shawn Porter in a physical fight.
While the chirping regarding his skills continued, Spence Jr. just kept his mouth shut and continued to work on his craft. The results of that hard work came in the form of arguably the two best performances of his career.
“With the Shawn Porter fight I could’ve beat him easily on the outside like I did with Mikey Garcia but my whole game plan was just to fight,” explained Spence Jr. during an episode of First Take on ESPN. “I wanted to show people that I could beat him on the inside and that’s what I did. With Mikey Garcia, I wanted to show people that I could box because people said he has a better boxing IQ than me so I showed people that I could box.”
With passing grades on both of those tests, Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) is currently putting the finishing touches on a training camp that lasted well over six months. The reason behind his protracted training was because of his horrific car wreck in October of 2019 which has subsequently left him sidelined for well over a year, as well as his showdown with former two-division world titlist Danny Garcia.
Going into his contest against Mikey, Spence Jr. knew that his opponent was known for his boxing abilities. In his matchup with Porter, Spence Jr. placed an emphasis on outworking his man on the inside. In the case of Garcia though, the Dallas southpaw isn’t necessarily focusing on one of his opponent’s traits. Instead, he’s worked on his overall game and plans on showing the difference between the two this Saturday night.
“With this fight, I’m going to show that I’m just an all-around better fighter. On the inside, outside, with the jab, combination, hooks – whatever you want to do in the ring I can do better than Danny Garcia.”
For Spence Jr., winning is the objective, but doing so dominantly is the ultimate goal. With title runs in two separate weight classes, Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) has never been outclassed in the ring. Even with two ultra close losses on his record to Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter – many believe Garcia could easily be an undefeated titleholder. So while picking up the win would add another high caliber name to his resume, Spence Jr. is aiming to do what no one has ever done to Garcia come fight night.
“Danny Garcia’s resume, especially at 140, was great. He was a unified champion and things like that. He’s a great fighter and I feel like nobody has beaten him decisively and really put a hurting on him or you know, punished him. For me to do that, that would speak volumes. That’s what I’m looking to do. I’m looking to have this a one-sided beating.”
Terence Crawford: “Everybody Always Coming At My Throat Saying I Ain’t Fought Nobody But Danny Ain’t Beat Nobody In The Welterweight Division”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr.’s place in the welterweight division is just about ready to take another leap. In just a few more days, the Dallas native will take on former two-division world champion Danny Garcia. While Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) sits back and continues to soak in the praise for making Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) his first fight back since his horrific one car wreck in October of 2019, WBO belt holder Terence Crawford is incredulous to what he’s seeing.
For years now Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) has been castigated for the level of opposition that he has faced during his welterweight tenure. With a knockout win over Kell Brook just a few weeks ago, Crawford found himself at the top of the criticism ladder. At this point though, he’s fine with it. The Nebraska product simply wants everyone to keep that same energy with Spence Jr.’s upcoming opponent.
“Everybody always coming at my throat, saying I ain’t fought nobody at the 147-pound division but I just be laughing. Let’s all be real, why should we consider Danny Garcia a top welterweight in the division?” Asked Crawford on his social media account. “Somebody tell me that.”
Crawford’s question may come off as malicious but in actuality, he revere’s Garcia.
“That’s my boy so I’m not hating on him or nothing. I’m cool with Danny, I came up with Danny. He can fight his ass off and that’s why I consider him one of the top welterweights in the division. I got him up there but if we go by what the media say then he’s not a top welterweight. He lost. He did his thing but he lost. Just being honest and keeping it real. His two shots that he had, he lost. Everybody always slamming my record and coming at my throat so let’s be real, Danny ain’t beat nobody in the welterweight division. He beat Paulie and Robert Guerrero but everybody beat them.”
While in the midst of questioning Garcia’s credentials at welterweight, Crawford also took aim at another former champion. One who is regarded as one of the very best as well.
“Shawn Porter ain’t beat a top welterweight y’all claim. He’s another one that came up short in a few fights but he made em close.”
When discussing who is the best at 147 pounds, the discussion normally begins and ends with Spence Jr. and Crawford. Despite all of the nonstop trash talk that takes place between the two, Crawford has a ton of respect for what Spence Jr. brings to the table. With that being said, when debating who’s the best in the welterweight division, Crawford doesn’t want to hear anything about Spence Jr., Porter, Garcia or even Keith Thurman and Manny Pacquiao.
“When we talking the number one guy in the division then we gotta be talking about Terence Crawford. You can say what you want but I won the fights that I had to win.”
Angel Garcia: “If Danny Throws A Straight Right Then Spence Ain’t Getting Up”
By: Hans Themistode
Unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has been through his fair share of wars, including contests against Kell Brook in 2017 and Shawn Porter in 2019. Yet, even with his boxing abilities tested, Angel Garcia, trainer and father of Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs), doesn’t believe his chin has been checked just yet.
In just a few days however, it will be for the first time, and the loquacious Philadelphia native doesn’t believe he’ll pass that test.
“If Danny throws a straight right like he hit Zab Judah with then Spence ain’t getting up,” said Angel during a recent interview with Ray Flores. “Spence hasn’t been hit yet. We know three names that he fought, everybody else you don’t know. How many you know Danny got? That tells you everything right there. It’s all about your resume sometimes.”
Danny’s performance under the brightest of lights has always been acknowledged. His wins over the previously mentioned Zab Judah along with victories over Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan, Kendall Holt and Erik Morales give Angel the confidence that his son has not only faced the better opposition but also that his battle-tested moments will lead to a quick knockout win on December 5th.
“He knocking him the fuck out in the seventh,” said Angel.
Standing not too far away from him and nodding his head in approval was Danny Garcia, and he didn’t hesitate to back his father’s prediction.
“Lucky seven,” said Danny. “We’re gonna go in there and go for it. Anybody can be beat, nobody is unbeatable.”
Should Danny pick up the win, he’ll do so to the surprise of the betting public. At the moment, the former two-division world titlist is penciled in as a heavy underdog at 4-1. The perception that Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) is a better fighter than Garcia is a joke to Angel though. Angel has seen his son in this position before and he simply hopes that those who will be watching are prepared to cash in on the night.
“Danny always been the underdog,” explained Angel. “Khan was 7-1 I couldn’t understand it. Matthysse was like 3-1 something like that. The only reason they got him as the underdog is because Spence is undefeated but that doesn’t mean nothing but that’s okay, my friends can get rich.”
Danny Garcia: “No One Can Take The No Look Left Hook”
By: Hans Themistode
Errol Spence Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are the usual culprits when discussing the hardest hitters in the welterweight division. Yet, the one fighter who believes his name should be above all others is former two-division champion, Danny Garcia.
The Philadelphia product has scored numerous one-punch knockouts during the course of his career in an unusual way. With his head tucked low and his eyes closed shut, Garcia often times fires off a “no look hook.” While he’s been teased by several in the boxing community, he’s also been praised for the unorthodox power that his shot generates. Although choosing his favorite victim is difficult, Garcia (36-2 21 KOs) came to one simple conclusion if he lands his money shot.
“No one can take the no look left hook,” said Garcia during an interview on Morning Kombat. “You can’t take what you don’t see. I hit that punch on a lot people. Amir Khan and Rod Salka probably got it the worse though.”
In just a matter of days, Garcia will discover if his power will carry him to a victory over unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on December 5th. The sturdy southpaw has yet to be staggered during any of his 26 contests, let alone dropped.
With that being said, Spence Jr. is coming off a horrific one car wreck in October of 2019 and hasn’t stepped foot inside of a boxing ring for well over a year. In preparation for their Pay-Per-View showdown, Garcia has covered all of his bases, but come fight night, the former WBC 147 pound belt holder is going to keep things extremely rudimentary.
“I just got to hit him hard and the truth shall be told once he takes my hit. We’re ready to box and we’re ready to bang. I feel like I do both great. It just depends on how the fight plays out cause you just never know until you’re in the ring.”
With so many questions marks surrounding how Spence Jr. will react if he were to get with one of Garcia’s big shots, the former champ isn’t concerned with what the outcome will be. He also hasn’t spent countless hours trying to predict if Spence Jr. will be ready come fight night.
For Garcia, all of his focus has been on himself and what he brings to the table, not on the health of Spence Jr.
“Right now I’m just working hard. I’m just focused on Danny Garcia and making sure that I’m ready. I’m doing everything that I got to do to make sure that I’m ready for this fight and right now I feel great.”