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…

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