Errol Spence Jr. loves the thought of remaining a Pay-Per-View headliner.
With that comes the responsibility of taking on the sport’s best, and the unbeaten, unified welterweight titlist is game for the cause.
“Line ‘em up, line ‘em up,” Spence told Premier Boxing Champions’ Ray Flores during a recent open media workout live from his training camp in Dallas.
Spence (26-0, 21KOs) has a dangerous task ahead, as he prepares for a showdown with Philadelphia’s former two-division champion Danny Garcia (36-2, 21KOs) on December 5 at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas. The bout marks Spence’s third straight PPV headliner, including twice from the state-of-the-art home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys which is expected to draw more than 20,000 socially distanced fans in attendance.
It also serves as the first for Spence since fully recovering from a horrific car crash last October in downtown Dallas. The 30-year old southpaw from Desoto, Texas refused to settle on a soft touch for his first fight back, instead agreeing to renew his previously scheduled clash with Garcia.
The two were due to square off this past January, only for Spence’s hospitalization and subsequent recovery process delaying those plans. The bout was further delayed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which in a sense allowed Spence to completely heal and whip himself into prime physical condition.
Now back in full swing, the eight-year pro and top welterweight continues to hear his name mentioned alongside fellow unbeaten pound-for-pound entrant Terence Crawford (37-0, 28KOs), who also owns a 147-pound belt. The division’s other major titlist, legendary Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KOs) remains a person of interest in offering full clarity atop the talent-laden division.
Assuming all goes well versus Garcia on December 5, Spence vows to make brings these fights to reality in the year ahead.
“They all know there’s one person to talk to, and that’s [adviser and PBC creator] Al Haymon,” notes Spence, a career-long promotional free agent. “They got one person to talk to and we can get this fight on the road.
“They already know, after I put on this great show December 5th—whoever else in my way, let’s get it.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox