By Blake Chavez
To the smart boxing fans, Mikey Garcia vs Errol Spence has always had blockbuster written all over it. But wait: what about all the haters out there that insisted that Mikey was blowing smoke and "arranging" to stay undefeated and not being worthy of being on the pound for pound list?
Mikey shoved those words down their throats as PBC and FOX announced the fight has been made. But it gets better: the fight is on pay-per-view! Better yet: the site is home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys at Jerry Jones’s glittering showpiece, AT & T Stadium, March 16th, 2019.
Better still: no catch-weight. This platform doesn’t get any bigger. I predict a gate of 50,000 fans and one million PPV buys. Why? Because FOX has promised to promote the hell out of this fight, and they have the outlets and access to expose tons of prospective eyeballs. Plus it’s near Mexico. Plus it’s Spence territory.
Plus: Boxing needs it.
For over a year, Mikey was the only fighter in boxing calling out Errol Spence. And Spence was two divisions heavier. The mere mention of Spence’s name had nut-sacks through-out the welter division shrinking into pea-sized marbles. Yet Mikey rolled up with his monster-nutz in a wheel-barrow, and now he’s in, arguably, the the marquee match of the year. So now the haters scoff at Garcia’s chances. I suggest they read further.
Remember, not long ago we heard Shawn "No Show’ Porter and his daddy Kenny "Please Interview Me & My Glare" Porter--saying on live TV that they wanted Spence immediately. Now they beg off and mumble some rotten crappola about bogus mandatory defenses.
Bob Arum was recently promising he was not lying this time; he really wants to match Terrence Crawford with Errol Spence. A couple of days later Uncle Bob was calling Uncle Al a "cancer".
Bottom line: no such match-up. So we have Spence, the IBF champ ready to rock with true welters, but they want no part of him. Two "champion" welters are being protected, with the third, Keith Thurman, running around talking in the third-person so often he’s forgotten to get in shape to-reclaim his own belt after two-years.
Enter Mikey Garcia.
Mikey dares to be great and must be applauded, since when Mikey beats Spence, and this writer believes he will; he attains all-time great status and secures recognition as the number one pound-for-pound champion. His purses also immediately soar into the stratosphere as a Hispanic controlling the most talented division in the game. At that point Top Rank would be forced to polish his boots instead of crapping on them if they ever hope of getting Loma or Crawford in the ring with the new Mr. Leverage. And the boxing world gets a dynamic superstar who is anxious to fight at least three fights per year. A very refreshing change.
How does Mikey win? At first glance he has disadvantages that would cripple most. But let’s unpack those myths. Reach. Mikey takes the reach advantage away with superior timing, which nullifies the biggest weapon in boxing; the jab.
Duran consistently out-jabbed much bigger men such as 147 champ Leonard, 154 champ Davey Moore, and 160 champ Iran Barkley. Angles. So after the jab, the next most important detail in the blueprint of a match is angles.
Much like Duran, Mikey owns the angles and is much superior to Spence and his come forward style.
Footwork: Which distance they war at is critical as are the areas of the ring in which the battle will be waged. That is determined, by a large degree, by footwork. Mikey’s footwork is far superior. Not even close.
Experience. Mikey has faced and defeated ten former or current world champions. Power. Both have demonstrated elite power, but Spence being the far bigger man, he owns that element, no question.
Chin. Mikey has never been hurt, and Spence takes a lot of shots. So far, Spence has taken them well. With his style, he’s willing to take some to dish out some.
Heart. This factor may end up being the most valuable asset. But whose heart is bigger? The world shall see in March of 2019, because Spence is going to dig to the body like a SOB and Mikey is going to be throwing the best right hand in boxing all night long! The winner; boxing fans!
Don’t forget. Yes, Sugar Ray Leonard beat a much bigger Hagler for the middleweight crown. But the most comparable to Spence vs Mikey is the Sugar Ray vs Duran fight. (the first one)
That fight had the undisputed welterweight champ --Leonard, defending his welterweight title vs the undisputed lightweight champ --Duran. Spence/Garcia is for the welterweight crown, and Mikey is best described at this juncture of his career as a lightweight, and feels he’s most dangerous at that weight.
Remember, Duran fought at 135 for a decade, so he was also legitimately a little dude. A little dude with big friggin’ balls. That lil dude kicked the Sugarman’s ass all night long; for 15 rounds.
Mikey wants to prove he’s the best fighter in the world. Period.
Mikey Garcia should closeout his sparring with a couple of gym wars with 140 lb champ Jose Ramirez. Ramirez, who is trained by Mikey’s brother Robert, is a big, tall southpaw with balls. The risk of injury is not too awful big and after say, two six round sessions three or four days apart, with Ramirez inserted immediately after Mikey has gone four with Egidijus "The Mean Machine" Kavaliaskas. Mikey has worked with both, and as steel sharpens steel, as Spence says of his sparring with a Charlo brother. Mikey will be quick as lightning, battle-sharpened, and ready to war.
BOLD BOXING TALK:
So what? Brandon Rios beat up a Canelo relative on "Big Baby" Miller’s DAZN show 11/17/2018. The DAZN announcers believe Rios has a future in the welterweight division. He does: a future of getting slaughtered by anyone who can actually fight anymore.
Shame on you Canelo. You hit the freakin’ DAZN Lottery for almost half a million bucks US, and your family members are still taking bone-thug azz-drillings like that on "Big Baby’s" undercard? Share the wealth, brother.
Speaking of "Big Baby" Miller, sheez, the guy hits like a feather-duster. 317 pounds? There is no need to pump him up like the DAZN crew did.
They all called him a Top FIVE talent in the heavyweight division. I, and hopefully the entire boxing community laughed harder than fans do at a Chapelle concert. He’ll be exposed as a novelty act sooner than later and it will be gnarly.
Leo Santa Cruz wants to fight Frampton next, then Mr. Gary Russel. (BTW, nobody calls the little squirt with the big head and little T-Rex arms Mister)
But first Uncle Al is serving Leo another delicious bum to feast on.
Is Regis Prograis for real? We’ll see by the end of the 140 lb tournament.
Loma gets a free meal on Uncle Bob after the tough as nails Jorge Linares sandwich he just ate.
Keith Thurman thinks he’s got an EZ lay-down in Josesito Lopez. I smell upset/damage or both.
Blake "No B.S." Chavez answers all emails; email@example.com.