Garcia: Spence Is My Legacy Fight
Basking in the fact the fight he’s wanted is set in stone, Mikey Garcia is ready to shock the world and defeat IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.
Garcia is the current WBC lightweight champion and looks to move up two weight classes to meet Spence at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, looking to add to his featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight titles.
“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,” Garcia said following a press conference earlier this week. “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.”
Quotes transcribed/translated by Boxing Scene