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Spence: Garcia Could've Caught Me Off Guard If Not So Arrogant

By Keith Idec

ARLINGTON, Texas – Had Mikey Garcia gone about the buildup of his fight against Errol Spence Jr. in a different fashion, Spence suspects the four-division champion might’ve had a chance.

Garcia was “so arrogant,” according to Spence, it made the unbeaten IBF welterweight champion prepare just as hard for their fight as usual. Some fans and media perceived the significantly smaller Garcia a longshot, but Spence respected Garcia’s boxing ability and courage and trained accordingly.

The ambitious Garcia’s greatest mistake, Spence says, was repeatedly stating that he was better than Spence in ever facet of boxing. Having such legends as “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson pick Garcia didn’t help the lightweight champion’s cause, either.

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A motivated, vicious Spence picked apart Garcia for 12 rounds Saturday night at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.

The 29-year-old Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) was so dominant, none of the three judges scored a single round for Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs). Connecticut’s Glenn Feldman (120-107), Florida’s Alex Levin (120-108) and Puerto Rico’s Nelson Vazquez (120-108) each scored their FOX Sports Pay-Per-View main event a shutout for Spence, of nearby DeSoto, Texas.

A reporter asked Spence during their post-fight press conference if Garcia’s “arrogance” concerned him at all, in the sense that maybe Garcia knew something Spence did not realize.

“It didn’t concern me at all,” Spence said. “It actually put a chip on my shoulder. If he wasn’t so arrogant, he probably, might’ve caught me off guard a little bit. But, you know, with his arrogance and, you know, his whole, his brother and, you know, his brothers and everybody else – I watch everything on YouTube with my opponents.

“So when I see people saying different things, and how he was gonna beat me easy and how he has more power than me, he’s stronger than me, he’s faster than me, his footwork’s better than me, his boxing IQ is better than me, you know, it put a big chip on my shoulder. He made me really lock in in training camp, and do what I did, basically, you know, out-class him.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by KillaMane26 on 03-20-2019

[QUOTE=j.razor;19602270]Bradley talked about regretting not fighting Floyd too....[/QUOTE] Desert Storm was #3 147lber but fought nobody...now all of sudden everyone ducking TC?

Comment by Boxfan83 on 03-20-2019

[QUOTE=theface07;19601896]Why did you change your handle and picture? That shows how much of a real fan you are. Your favorite fighter loses and you change your name and picture from the Mikey Theme. So you're the same guy who's name…

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 03-20-2019

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;19601485]If you enjoy Spence beating midget and senior citizen then fair enough... Porter, thurm, Crawford, 154, 160 still waiting for the truth ... Maybe he could fight Charlie zelenoff soon if sugar Charlie talks bad about his skills... That being…

Comment by j.razor on 03-20-2019

[QUOTE=SweetPbfAli;19602301]Did he? I always wondered because he was deserved the Floyd fight more than anyone at a certain point.[/QUOTE] He said it in a couple interviews but I can't find the one he said he regretted it. [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcaiUcPggVY[/url]

Comment by Fangedgrowl on 03-20-2019

[QUOTE=REYESdelBOXEO;19599472]{CANELO vs. Spence @ 160} Errol Spence Jr.- " I'll jump up 2 weight classes & fight CANELO , we're the same size". Then fights a guy half his size. Put a wig & skirt on Sherrol Spence, she's been…

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