By Keith Idec
Danny Garcia isn’t taking Mikey Garcia seriously.
As adamant as Mikey Garcia has been about boxing Errol Spence Jr. next, Danny Garcia doesn’t expect Mikey Garcia to follow through and challenge Spence for his IBF welterweight title later this year. Danny Garcia considers all this talk about moving up two weight classes to face Spence nothing more than a promotional ploy by Mikey Garcia to continue building his brand.
Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) and Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) appeared serious about fighting in November or December after Garcia beat Robert Easter Jr. (21-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in their 12-round lightweight title unification fight Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Danny Garcia is sure the bigger, stronger Spence would overpower Mikey Garcia if they fought, but Danny Garcia can’t see the unbeaten IBF/WBC lightweight champion actually accepting that fight.
Danny Garcia discussed the Spence-Garcia chatter after a press conference Monday in Manhattan to promote his welterweight title fight against Shawn Porter on September 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime).
“I just think he’s physically too small,” Danny Garcia told BoxingScene.com. “He’s a good boxer. He’s technically sound. He’s disciplined. He knows what he’s good at – using his jab, using his right hand. So he knows his strengths and he knows his weaknesses. But I just feel like he’s too [small].
“He said he wants to be great, but I just feel like he’s too small for the welterweight division. Even if you look at his body size, he looks really small. And I really believe he’s just saying that to make noise, and not … I don’t think he really means it and I don’t think it’s really gonna happen.”
Danny Garcia would be a potential opponent for Spence in 2019 if the Philadelphia native can conquer Porter in their 12-round fight for the vacant WBC welterweight title. Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) and Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, will square off for the WBC 147-pound championship often-injured Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) gave up late in April.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.