By Miguel Rivera
WBC lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is very confident that he will upset the odds by moving up to the welterweight division, by twelve pounds, to challenge IBF champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs).
Garcia captured world titles at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight.
He recently dominated Robert Easter to unify the WBC, IBF world titles at 135-pounds.
Garcia brushes away the comparison of his pursuit as being on the same level as Amir Khan moving up to fight Canelo Alvarez in 2016 and Kell Brook moving up to challenge Gennady Golovkin later that year.
In both of those bouts, both Khan and Brook gave away a lot of size and were overpowered and stopped.
"I see this fight with Spence differently. I'm good at boxing, I have other skills. I am the one who would decide if I want to move up. If I want to move up to welterweight, it's because I think I can beat him, I have that confidence, I am in the best stage of my career," Garcia told ESPN Deportes.
"There are still a lot of names, but looking at the politics of the sport, the business, there are names that are harder to come by. I'm looking at what's possible, and although many do not believe it - Errol Spence is a fight that is very attractive to me, it excites me and I will try to negotiate it in a couple of weeks.
"The more risk, the more recognition. I accept that it is a dangerous fight, I am being advised not to take it, that I should not be at welterweight, that I am smaller and he is bigger and stronger, but all of that attracts me, I want to prove to them that I am better than him, and if I beat Spence no one will doubt that I am the best."