Danny Garcia expects Errol Spence Jr. to eventually move up from the welterweight division to junior middleweight.
Whenever Spence joins him in the 154-pound weight class, Garcia would welcome a rematch with the unbeaten IBF/WBA/WBC 147-pound champion. Spence decisively defeated Garcia in their 12-round fight for his IBF and WBC belts in December 2020 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but Garcia envisions a tougher fight for Spence if they meet again.
“I would definitely want to revisit the Spence fight at 154 pounds,” Garcia said during an open workout at DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. “We have history already. Once I start looking good at 154, there’s going to be a lot of great fights for me.”
Philadelphia’s Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) hasn’t boxed since Spence (28-0, 22 KOs) beat him comfortably on all three scorecards (117-111, 116-112, 116-112). The outcome of their pay-per-view fight doesn’t seem to warrant a rematch, but Garcia would welcome a second shot at the powerful southpaw from DeSoto, Texas.
Garcia detailed during the aforementioned open workout to promote his upcoming fight against Jose Benavidez Jr. that he worked through mental fatigue while preparing for his fight with Spence in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“2020 was a good and bad year for me,” Garcia said. “I fought twice and made a lot of money, but at the same time, there was the pandemic. It was a tough year for me outside of the ring. It was stressful for everybody. I just needed a break. I was tired. I trained hard at the beginning of the year and then we went through the pandemic.
“I had to wake myself up to train hard again for one of the biggest fights of my career. It just took a mental toll on me. I was mentally tired. I banged it out with Spence. He got the decision, but I was still able to go in there and scrap for 12 rounds. I knew if I just took a break and came back, nobody could touch me.”
The 34-year-old Garcia will end a 19-month layoff in addition to making his 154-pound debut when he battles Benavidez in a “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event July 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Phoenix’s Benavidez (27-1-1, 18 KOs) has fought only once since WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) stopped him in the 12th round of their title fight in October 2018 at CHI Health Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraksa. Benavidez boxed to a 10-round majority draw with Argentinean underdog Francisco Torres (17-4-1, 5 KOs) in his only appearance since Crawford defeated him.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.