Mikey Garcia Explains Why He'd Want Spence Bout Over Crawford

IBF junior welterweight world champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is going big game hunting.

Earlier this month, Garcia became a four division world champion when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio, Texas.

Garcia, who still holds the WBC lightweight title, is mulling his next career move - which includes which weight division he plans to call home.


Once Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares reached an agreement to fight each other on May 12 in New York, it left Garcia without a key opponent at lightweight.

There are several options at junior welterweight - but during some of his recent interviews Garcia has been mentioning the idea of moving up to 147-pounds to pursue a welterweight title.

Two of the opponents that Garcia has mentioned at 147 - are IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) and former two division champion Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), who beat Garcia in the amateurs.

While Spence is arguably viewed as the most dangerous fighter at the weight, Garcia feels his style is a much better fit than Crawford. He feels Crawford will not fight him straight-up, and instead use his legs to move around and box.

"I think against Spence it would be a very good fight, because he's strong, he's a stand-up fighter. He's not going to be running, he's going to make it a good fight. Crawford I think would be running more, using his height and his reach advantages... he wants to make it as easy as possible for him, and that's the way he has to fight - but that makes it a dull fight sometimes and the fans don't like that, and I don't want that," Garcia told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

"[Crawford is] going to be running around the ring all night and I'm going to be chasing him. I'm going to be trying to cut the ring off of course. If I fight Terence one day, I'm going to be cutting off the ring and try to make it a physical fight, because that's the only chance that I have. He's going to be running around like he did in the amateurs when he fought me, using his height and reach advantages... it scores points, but its not really what you want.

"Now Spence fights and I like that. I know he's got the size advantage and the height advantage, but that doesn't intimidate me because I know he's going to be in there for a fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MurkaMan on 03-22-2018

[QUOTE=NickyB;18590579]Not sure if he is wrong. Because as he said Crawford did it in the amateurs to him. So they were same size at one point. Crawford 5-8 Garcia 5-7 not that far off. Mikey playing catch up.[/QUOTE] Yea but…

Comment by john l on 03-21-2018

Mikey should just put in the contracts that his opp cant move and must just stand there and LET HIM hit them.And who the he ll thinks Craw would RUN from Mikey????????????

Comment by megas30 on 03-21-2018

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18587653]IBF junior welterweight world champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is going big game hunting. Earlier this month, Garcia became a four division world champion when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio, Texas.…

Comment by Dle on 03-21-2018

I concur with Mikey’s analogy, reasoning, purpose & route to greatness. He thinks he’ll use his superior ring intelligence over Spence to a decision bcuz Bud has natural ring intelligence+Power+size advantage.but Spence cuts off ring too when Mikey wants to…

Comment by FLY TY on 03-21-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18589290]I love that too, and yet I don't think DSG wants anyone before Thurman! Hopefully Mikey can change his mind! Garcia vs. Garcia! Make it happen! TC can fight the winner![/QUOTE] DG may want Thurman, but at best that fight…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (101)
Top Headlines Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Las Vegas Grand Arrivals Arum: Crawford is Best Welterweight Since Sugar Ray Leonard Amir Khan To Return To Trainer Virgil Hunter For Crawford Fight Andrade 'Don’t Wanna Hear' Saunders’ Excuses For Akavov Fight Vergil Ortiz could fight for 140-pound title in 2019, Says Gomez Espinoza: Mayweather 'Up In the Air' About Pacquiao Rematch Plant-Uzcategui PBC on FS1 Card Peaks at 986,000 Viewers Dmitry Bivol Makes Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Official Photos: Adrien Broner Putting in Work in Las Vegas Dmitry Bivol-Joe Smith To Land on DAZN on March 9, Site TBD Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Face To Face in London Derevyanchenko-Culcay Title Eliminator: DIBella Outbids AGON Joe Smith Jr. Finally Moves On From Artur Beterbiev Plant: It Was Destiny To Win My First Title in the City of Angels Mares: Why Isn't Leo Santa Cruz Fighting Gary Russell Next? Tony Harrison: I'll Beat Jermell Charlo 'Even Easier' in Rematch Terence Crawford-Amir Khan Officially Set for April 20 ESPN PPV Caleb Plant-Jose Uzcategui: Afterthoughts Photos: Ted Cheeseman, Sergio Garcia - Face To Face at Presser Amanda Serrano Won't Stop, May Go For Belt in Eight Division Trainer: Chisora Will Repair, He's Force To Be Reckoned With Hearn: Crawford is Tougher Fight For Khan, I Wanted Khan-Brook Artur Beterbiev Departing DAZN, Heading To ESPN 'Maturity process' done, Team Broner says upset of Pac imminent Amir Khan: I Get Called 'Terrorist' All The Time on Social Media Video: Adrien Broner Media Interview, Breaks Down Pacquiao Video: Pacquiao Discusses Broner Clash, Bob Arum, PBC Move Video: Ellerbe on Mayweather-Pacquiao Meeting, Broner, More Video: Freddie Roach Talks Pacquiao-Broner, Wilder-Fury, More Warren, Oubaali Easily Make WBC 7-Day Weight For Title Fight Amir Khan: Wilder and Fury Would Both Beat Anthony Joshua Tug Nayambayar Wants To Be Second Mongolian Champion Usyk's Team To Meet With Hearn This Week To Map Out 2019 Hearn Rips 'Geezer' Lennox Lewis For 'Talking Sh*t' on Joshua News: Derevyanchenko vs. Culcay, Barou vs. Molina, More Andrade: Boxing World Knows I'm Baddest Man Out There Fury: I'm Still Young at 30, Plenty of Exciting Nights Left in Me Roach: Broner Should Be at 135 or 140 - He Lacks Discipline Rigondeaux's Manager: We’ll Fight Anyone At 122 Or 126 Pounds Charles Frankham Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn

Latest Active Forum Threads