By Miguel Rivera
On Tuesday, a fight that nobody expected to get finalized was officially announced for March 16th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) will defend his title against four-division world champion and current WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs). Fox Sports Pay-Per-View will carry the bout.
Garcia is moving up by two weight divisions, a full twelve pounds, to meet Spence at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds.
Garcia feels very confident in his ability to upset the odds.
Although he's regarded by most as a pound-for-pound fighter, he a tremendous underdog in the contest.
Garcia captured his first world title at featherweight, and then picked up belts at super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight.
"I wanted the fight with Spence. I'm happy to get these fights, to get it takes a little time and sometimes there are criticisms, but finally it came. I was looking for this fight because I want to leave a legacy, I want to leave my name in the history books of boxing, and that's why I was looking for this fight, it finally arrived and I'm very happy," Garcia told ESPN Deportes.
"At this point in my career I have achieved a lot of things, but I'm still motivated.... I want more, to achieve much more and leave this name stamped down in history - and that's why I looked for this fight. This is the most dangerous fight that exists for me, but I think I have enough to win it, to beat Spence and leave another footprint in boxing.
"Obviously he's bigger than me, he's a natural welterweight, I started in featherweight, at 126 pounds, and I'm now moving up to 147.. it's something that sounds crazy, but I have a lot of skill, I have confidence in my abilities as boxer, my technique, my strategy with my dad and my brother (Eduardo and Robert), the experience that they have as coaches and me as a boxer - it's the best there is, the best that exists and that's why I am confident in taking this fight and know that I have everything to win it."