Another week another Texas native captures the Fighter Of The Week. The Lone Star State is capturing this crown at an alarming rate. Errol “The Truth” Spence was introduced to the media as the best pound for pound fighter in the world by Richard Schaffer, while this is certainly debatable what’s not debatable is the brilliance of “the Truth’s” performance Saturday night at AT&T Stadium over Mikey Garcia in front of nearly 50,000 adoring hometown fans. Spence cemented himself as a master boxer, and among the sweet science’s top commercial draws.
Traditional logic would have told us that if the first couple of rounds were not decided by strength and size rather by jabbing, footwork and lateral movement, one would have thought Mikey Garcia would be in great shape. However, that was anything but the case Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. Spence out jabbed and outmaneuvered Garcia in the early rounds sweeping the early rounds and building up a sizeable lead on the scorecards. This caused the smaller fighter to pick up the pace and walk into the traps set by Spence and bring that fight to the bigger fighter. After being thoroughly outboxed in the early rounds Mikey got beaten up and broken down by the physically stronger Spence who consistently found homes for his straight left- hand and right hooks that began to badly swell Garcia’s face. The welterweight champ also broke down the lightweight champ with his trademark body attack which caused trainer Robert Garcia to tell his brother he was going to stop the fight However little brother plead his case that he had a lot left and was allowed to continue. However, this was to no avail as Spence stayed on the attack landing at will and avoiding Garcia’s return fire in doing everything but score the stoppage.
During the post-fight interviews, the legendary eight-division world champ Manny Pacquiao was escorted into the ring and had a little face off with Spence. The two champs were asked about a potential showdown later this year. Neither man objected and a Spence/Pacquiao fight seems like a realistic possibility for this summer for AT&T. Spence doubled down in the post-fight press conference saying he’d “be happy to give Pacquiao that retirement check he needs” A bout between the in AT&T Stadium would likely produce record-breaking numbers for that venus as both men have a proven track record of selling tickets there the Spence/Garcia showdown sold 47,525 tickets and Pacquiao twice sold over 50,000 at that stadium on 2011.