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Mikey Garcia vs. Errol Spence Jr. | Fight Preview & Prediction

IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) defends his title against four-division world champion Mikey Garcia (presented by Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event this Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the world famous AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View fights begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Read on for a complete preview and prediction for Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia and let us know who you are picking.


MAIN STORYLINES

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A fight featuring two fighters on the pound for pound list is rare but is exactly what is going down Saturday night March 14th.

Mikey Garcia is rated seventh and Errol Spence Jr. 10th on The Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list.

Mikey Garcia is moving up two divisions from the Lightweight division after a unanimous decision win in the IBF & WBC unification fight against Robert Easter Jr. in July.

Garcia wants to put his name in the history books by challenging the boogeyman of the Welterweight.

If Garcia were to upset Spence Jr., and become a five-time world champion, he would immediately move to the top of the boxing world alongside fellow Mexican fighter, Canelo Alvarez.

Spence Jr. wants to be the best in the division, and in the world that is no secret. He wants the challenge of facing Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Manny Pacquiao, or Terence Crawford.

In the meantime of securing those unifying title fights,

Spence Jr. is accepting the challenge that Mikey Garcia poses in the ring. Garcia is another big-name opponent in Spence Jr’s way of becoming a boxing superstar and unifying the division.

These two fighters are known to be humble, not talk trash, and let their actions in the ring do the talking. However, the last scheduled press conference before the fight brought out the tension in both fighters.

Errol Spence Jr. said, “Keep that same energy, you been having, you want to act all humble here in front of me, but when you’re doing different interviews you want to talk trash, keep that same energy.”

He later exclaimed he was tired of the press conferences, interviews, and just wanted to get in the ring already.


STRENGTHS FOR EACH FIGHTER

Errol Spence Jr.

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Errol Spence Jr.’s strengths are his power, body attack, and jab.

Spence Jr is the divisions hardest puncher, he has the power to stop anyone.

His body punching is relentless and will start immediately to wear down his opponent.

Spence Jr. has an excellent jab and everything he throws it set up and works off of the jab.

Mikey Garcia

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Mikey Garcia’s strengths are his footwork, combination punching, and power.

Garcia isn’t the quickest fighter, but his footwork and angles are excellent. This helps set up his offense or quickly turns defense into offense.

Garcia’s power is telling, he has 30 KOs in 39 fights. He has dropped fighters in every division on his way up to 147. His combination punching is smart and helps him hurt his opponents frequently.


WEAKNESSES FOR EACH FIGHTER

Errol Spence Jr.

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Errol Spence Jr. doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. He has a solid defensive game, good footwork, power, and accuracy.

Spence is patient, not a reckless fighter, he will take his time and then pounce on his opponent.

There isn’t something that Garcia can obviously take advantage of, outside of Spence being a southpaw.

Mikey Garcia

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Mikey Garcia’s defense and finishing are his weaknesses.

Garcia lacks the killer instincts to finish his fights, most notably his last three bouts. One at 135 pounds, and two at 140 pounds. He is a boxer-puncher but doesn’t throw a high-volume of punches, there will be spots of inactivity.

Garcia’s defense isn’t elite, and he is there to be hit, he has the tendency to exchange in fights.


THE WINNER AND WHY

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Errol Spence Jr comes away with the victory due to his power, body punching, and patience.

There is little Garcia will be able to do to hurt Spence, or get in his head to break his cool and calm demeanor. Garcia is underestimating Spence Jr.’s elite boxing skills.

Errol Spence Jr. will take his time as we’ve seen him do in past fights. He will work the body of Garcia, and slowly dismantle him until the KO or TKO is evident.

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Head-to-Head Discussion | Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia

It’s been way too long, but Round By Round Boxing‘s Head-to-Head Discussions are officially back!

It’d be remiss of us not to shout out the semi-retired (or maybe fully retired?) boxing scribe Lou Catalano, who alongside RBRBoxing‘s Editor-in-Chief Alex Burgos launched the head-to-head idea after they met writing for Bleacher Report.

The head-to-head series is pretty straight forward and is basically just a fun way to argue. Two writers break down a fight with two keys to victory for their given fighter of choice.

What better way to make a return than to take on the highly-anticipated fight between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia.

In Spence Jr.’s corner we have the aforementioned Burgos, while Staff Writer Hans Themistode throws it down for Garcia.

Before the two undefeated combatants actually step into the ring on Saturday night, RBRBoxing‘s Alex Burgos and Hans Themistode go head to head and break down two keys to victory for each fighter.

Read on for the keys to victory and let us know who you think will win this Welterweight clash.


Key No. 1 for Mikey Garcia
Don’t Be A Hero

Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia

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BY HANS THEMISTODE

I know we’ve all heard the reports and seen the videos of Mikey Garcia training at the SNAC facilities. From the outside looking in, it seems as though he has increased his muscle mass.

Garcia has never been a big guy by any stretch of the imagination, but for his contest against Errol Spence Jr. he knew he needed to change. In 39 professional fights, Garcia has taken out 30 of his opponents inside the distance. His power is more than respectable.

The Welterweight division and Errol Spence Jr. are a different beast entirely.

The need to build muscle mass is evident. Going up essentially two weight divisions and challenging the hardest hitter in said division is a tall order. It isn’t just that Spence Jr. has demoralizing power, but it’s also that he is huge for the division. Spence Jr. has the build of a Middleweight. Seeing him compete at that weight class one day would shock no one.

From all accounts, Garcia looks good. With his natural power and training that he has put forth in the SNAC facilities he should be able to get Spence Jr.’s respect, but please Mikey, don’t be a hero.

With his new found strength he could be looking for the knockout. That would be the wrong decision to make. Spence Jr. wants to turn this into a war. He understands that he has the size advantage and would welcome a fire fight.

What Garcia should do is stay on the outside and box. There are times where he should stand his ground, but those moments should be few and far between. Use the jab, create angles and box your way to a unanimous-decision victory.

 

Key No. 1 for Errol Spence Jr.
Don’t Get Cute

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BY ALEX BURGOS

Errol Spence Jr. needs to be himself. Seem like an obvious key to victory? Well, how many times have we seen fighters look completely different when they’re in against another top-flight fighter. Too many times.

The Truth, the guy that many people think is the best Welterweight and will annihilate Mikey Garcia, is the one who needs to show up on Saturday night.

That version of Spence Jr. won’t be gun shy early on. He won’t stand in the pocket and simply feint or reset. He won’t be pushed back or be made to fight a fight that doesn’t benefit him. Those are all things that could happen, and if they do then Garcia will be in a great position to box 12 rounds and win a decision.

Spence Jr. must show the same confidence and style that he has against the likes of Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson and most recently Carlos Ocampo.

The point here is don’t get cute and try to become someone else. Be Errol Spence Jr. Be The Truth. There’s more than enough in that guys arsenal to defeat Mikey Garcia.

 

Key No. 2 for Mikey Garcia
Be Explosive And Accurate

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BY HANS THEMISTODE

Mikey Garcia normally wins his fights with power and accuracy. He’s never been the fastest fighter, but in this matchup he holds the edge in that department as well over Errol Spence Jr.

Garcia needs to be first. Show Spence Jr. that there is a difference in hand speed. If he sits back and allows Spence Jr. to take the lead it’ll be a short night. Garcia also needs to be accurate with his shots, which shouldn’t be a problem. The four-division champion is extremely precise with his punches. Spence Jr. might try to outwork his smaller opponent, but that game plan will fall apart if Garcia is landing the cleaner and more effective blows.

Speed and accuracy shouldn’t be a problem for Garcia, but being his normal explosive self might be. Garcia has never campaigned in the 147-pound division. Sure he did win a title in the 140-pound division, but he only fought there one time in his career. His power needs to translate in his new division if he wants to compete with Spence Jr. No one expects him to be the stronger fighter, but he must gain Spence Jr.’s respect quickly or else he will be hunted down all night long.

The game plan seems simple but executing it is another thing. If Garcia can successfully land the cleaner shots, showcase his speed and prove that he still has plenty of pop in his fists then that will lead to an upset victory in the favor of Garcia.

 

Key No. 2 for Errol Spence Jr.
Work the Body

Marilyn Paulino

BY ALEX BURGOS

Errol Spence Jr. is a murderous body puncher. It’s the reason many folks–including myself–think Spence Jr. would fold Keith Thurman.

Mikey Garcia’s brother and trainer, Robert Garcia, famously said (before the Robert Easter fight) that Mikey doesn’t do sit-ups, and by the looks of his physique, no one has any reason to doubt that. For this fight though, Garcia teamed up with Victor Conte and the SNAC squad. Whether that adds to his punching power, ability to take a punch and stamina remains to be seen.

Regardless of if SNAC’s Kool-Aid gives Garcia any special powers, I’d make him prove that he can take it downstairs by working the body early and often.

The best way to welcome Garcia to the Welterweight division is by making him feel the pressure and tapping him to the body with straight lefts and hooks. Spence Jr. uses the straight to the body not only to measure his opponents but to hurt them. Once Spence Jr. gets on the inside, a place Mikey Garcia definitely doesn’t want to be, Spence Jr. should explode with hooks and look to break Garcia down.

As Chris Algieri, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson, Carlos Ocampo and countless others eventually realized, Spence Jr. is not a fad or a gimmick–he’s The Truth.

 

Who do you agree with? Who will win Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 16, 2019? Drop a comment with your keys to victory.

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Mikey Garcia Fighting For Legacy Against Errol Spence Jr.

At 31 years old, Mikey Garcia has accomplished more than most do in the sport of boxing.

Born in Oxnard, California in 1987 to Mexican immigrant parents, Garcia has risen through the ranks and has become widely regarded by many as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport–and for good reason.

Garcia, the brother of former titleholder Robert Garcia, began his amateur boxing career at the age of 14 and quickly found success. In 2003, for example, he won a silver medal at the National Junior Olympic Championships, competing at 125 pounds.

Then in 2004, he won a gold medal at the National Junior Golden Gloves Championships and a silver medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships, competing at 132 pounds at both events.

Moving on, Garcia then won a bronze medal at the National Golden Glove Championships in 2005 and a gold medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships that same year. He once again fought at 132 pounds in both of those events.

Following his successful amateur career, Garcia, who now trains under the tutelage of his father, Eduardo, and his brother, Robert, decided to turn pro in 2006 and sign with Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Since turning pro, Garcia has seen nothing but success inside of the ring, as he’s compiled an undefeated 39-0 professional record with 30 of those victories coming by way of T/KO. He’s also won titles in four divisions to date.

Despite his instant success, it actually took Garcia quite a while to get his hands on a title. After amassing a 20-0 professional record that included 17 victories by way of stoppage, however, he earned the chance to compete against Thomas Villa in April 2010 for the vacant IBF USBA Featherweight title.

The fight ultimately proved to be of little challenge to Garcia, as he walked through Villa, finishing the fight in the opening round and becoming a titleholder for the first time.

Between 2010-13, the Mexican-American Garcia continued to hone his craft and improve his in-ring resume, winning and defending various versions of Featherweight Titles and improving his record to an ultra-impressive 30-0.

He then finally received his first crack at a recognized world title while also receiving quite a step up in competition, as he was booked against Orlando Salido in January 2013It didn’t look like it was a step up in competition though, as Garcia dropped Salido four times early on before securing a decision victory and becoming a world champion for the first time.

It was at that point that he moved up in weight in pursuit of more gold, a theme that has since become common in relation to his career.

Taking on then WBO Junior Lightweight champion Roman Martinez in November 2013, Garcia found himself in a bit of trouble after being dropped in the second round. However, he remained composed, bit down on his mouthpiece and showed the heart of a warrior and the grit of a champion. He ended up taking control of the fight and finishing it in the eighth round to become a two-weight world champion.

Following the victory of his second title in as many divisions, Garcia took on Juan Carlos Burgos in January 2015 in New York City. Once again, Garcia got off to a slow start, but he remained composed and successfully defended his Junior Lightweight title for the first time.

With a perfect 34-0 professional record and titles in two weight classes, Garcia appeared to be on his way towards insurmountable heights. Then, however, came a major setback, as issues with Top Rank ultimately kept him out of the ring for the next two-and-a-half years.

Losing a somewhat significant chunk of the prime of his career certainly wasn’t ideal, but Garcia picked up right where he left off upon his return to the ring in July 2016, scoring a fifth-round TKO victory over Elio Rojas in Brooklyn, New York.

Following that victory, Garcia decided to continue his trek through various weight classes on his quest for greatness and once again, it paid off. With the WBC Lightweight title on the line, Garcia took on Dejan Zlatičanin in January 2017. As he had so many times up until that point, he made easy work of his opponent, scoring a third-round knockout victory and cementing himself as a three-division world champion.

But, three weight classes conquered just wasn’t enough for Garcia, who’s hunger for greatness is never-ending. So, after outpointing Adrien Broner in July 2017, the 31-year-old fighter challenged Sergey Lipinets for the IBF Junior Welterweight title in March 2018.

When the fight finally took place, Garcia took care of business, as usual, dropping Lipinets in the seventh round and winning via a comfortable margin on all three judges scorecards. The Mexican American from a gang-ridden town in Southern, California was now a four-division champion.

As one can imagine, however, that accomplishment wasn’t enough for Garcia either. It is, however, widely respected by the boxing community, which is why it would be completely acceptable for Garcia to remain at 140 pounds or even drop back down to 135 pounds, the weight class he seems to be most suited for, as he did in his last bout.

But as has been seen throughout his illustrious career, Garcia feeds off the next challenge and the next challenge must be bigger than the previous for him. In his mind, he’s already won titles in the four aforementioned weight classes. He needs something more, something bigger.

With that being said, it’s no surprise that he’ll be giving up four inches in both height and reach and moving up two weight classes to challenge IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in the main event of a PBC on Fox Pay-Per-View event this Saturday, March 16 in Arlington, Texas.

Given his skill and the size advantage Spence will hold, this seems like a daunting task for Garcia, which is why his family and his team urged him not to take the fight. But for Garcia, taking the fight was a no-brainer and it wasn’t because of the large magnitude of the fight or because of the money it would reward him with.

No, it was because he wants nothing more than to be great. And as many have before him, Garcia is willing to jump around from weight class to weight class and dare to be great, even when the odds are stacked against him.

And that’s because of legacy, and more specifically, the importance of legacy to Garcia.

“It’s funny because a lot of times with other careers, other fighters, they start off looking for legacy, looking for titles and at the end of the career, it changes,” Garcia told ESPN. “It becomes more of a financial reason, it’s a business. They look for the biggest, most lucrative fight, so they can make the biggest amount of money and take the biggest purse home, not necessarily for the titles.”

Garcia mentioned that he has the money, and to be fair, he has the accomplishments as well. 

“They don’t really care about the titles–they vacate that title at the moment to fight the guy that’s going to make them the most money,” continued Garcia. “But for me, it was kind of reversed. I did it early for the money and fine, I got a title–it’s not that important, it wasn’t that special. Now, it’s different. I’ve already had the money–yes, there’s a lot more that I can make–but that’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it to cement my name and add to my legacy and keep the Garcia name living for years to come.”

If he were to retire right now, he’d be remembered as a remarkable fighter, one of the best of his time, and quite possibly a Hall of Famer.

This fight, however, is about more than that. Garcia wants to separate himself from the many other remarkable fighters who have entered the squared circle. He wants to leave a lasting legacy and a lasting impact on the game.

In order to do that, Garcia will indeed have to overcome a tall, tall task in Spence. But, if he’s successful, he’ll be revered forever.

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