Terence Crawford admitted recently that he wouldn’t want to be Errol Spence Jr.’s first opponent after Spence’s car accident because he wouldn’t get the proper credit for beating Spence.
Danny Garcia doesn’t share those concerns with Crawford, the unbeaten WBO welterweight champion. The former two-division champion is more than willing to face Spence this fall.
Garcia just doesn’t want Spence or anyone else to use his car accident as an excuse when Garcia upsets Spence in their fight for Spence’s IBF and WBC welterweight titles. Al Haymon hasn’t told the 32-year-old Garcia that he’ll definitely fight Spence next, but the Philadelphia native expects Spence or Manny Pacquiao to be his next opponent.
Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) was blunt when asked during a recent appearance on “The Ak And Barak Show” if he is concerned that he wouldn’t get credit for defeating Spence (26-0, 21 KOs).
“Not at all because if you ain’t a hundred percent, don’t get in the ring,” Garcia said on a show that streams daily on DAZN and SiriusXM. “If you ain’t ready, don’t get in the ring. You know? That’s just that simple. You know, I know they say Manny’s older now, but he’s coming off a big win. So, if he’s old, don’t get in the ring. If Spence ain’t better, don’t get in the ring cuz I don’t wanna hear no excuses. I never made no excuses.”
The Philippines’ Pacquiao is 41, but the iconic southpaw beat Keith Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC) by split decision in his last fight. Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) won the WBA welterweight title from Thurman in that July 20 bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Spence suffered cuts to his face and lost teeth during a one-car accident October 10 in downtown Dallas. The Dallas Police Department charged Spence with driving while intoxicated as a result of that scary crash.
The 30-year-old Spence since has recovered and resumed training. The DeSoto, Texas, native divulged last month during an interview on Showtime’s “All The Smoke” podcast that he wouldn’t be cleared to spar until three posts in his mouth were replaced with permanent teeth.
Regardless, Garcia is hopeful that a FOX Sports Pay-Per-View fight that was supposed to take place January 25 happens sometime in the fall.
“You know, I seen things in the Mikey Garcia fight, even though he won that fight,” Danny Garcia said of Spence’s victory in March 2019. “You know, he won by a big score, but I saw things in that fight that, you know, I’m bigger than Mikey, I’m stronger than Mikey and Mikey did some good things in that fight. He just was beat by the bigger, better man. You know what I mean?
“And then the [Shawn] Porter fight, you know, I saw he was getting hit a lot. You know, when I fought Porter, it wasn’t even a hard fight to me like that. You know what I mean? It was just he just threw more and that’s why he won, basically. But I seen him get hit a lot in that fight and I seen a lot of mistakes, where I feel like, you know, I could take this guy. I’m a hundred-percent confident I could take him.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.