By Keith Idec
ARLINGTON, Texas – Errol Spence Jr. would make more money for fighting Manny Pacquiao next.
Spence still would welcome a welterweight title unification fight with Shawn Porter. The unbeaten IBF welterweight champion called out Porter again for avoiding him during a post-fight press conference early Sunday morning at AT&T Stadium, where Spence dominated Mikey Garcia in their 12-round championship match Saturday night.
Spence specified during a pre-fight press conference Wednesday at AT&T Stadium that he wouldn’t have accepted a fight against the smaller Garcia had Porter accepted Spence’s challenge. Spence stepped into the ring following Porter’s points victory over Danny Garcia six months ago at Barclays Center to challenge the newly crowned WBC 147-pound champion.
Porter opted to make a mandatory defense of his title against Yordenis Ugas a week before Spence squared off against Garcia. Cuba’s Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) pushed Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs), who won a split decision in their 12-rounder March 9 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) criticized Las Vegas’ Porter on Wednesday for fighting before a sparse crowd in Carson. On Saturday night, an announced crowd of 47,525 attended the card topped by Spence’s easy victory over Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs).
Following his unanimous-decision win, Spence spoke about his desire to face Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) in July at AT&T Stadium. If Pacquiao picks another opponent – perhaps a welterweight without Spence’s significant size, skill and strength advantages – Spence hopes Porter is more willing to fight him than he was prior to choosing Ugas.
“I’ll smoke Shawn, too,” Spence said. “I went in the ring and called out Shawn Porter when he fought Danny Garcia. He said it was an easy fight to be made. And then, the next thing you know, he’s fighting his mandatory. So, I mean, Ugas is a tough fighter. He’s a great Cuban fighter, but you know, he could’ve bypassed that and, you know, unified. But, you know, he didn’t want that. So, I fought Mikey Garcia, which turned out to be good. So, you know, Manny Pacquiao don’t wanna fight, then, you know, I’ll give [Porter] that smoke that he been asking for.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.