Garcia: "If I Don't Do This, I Won't Be Remembered"

Mikey Garcia is jumping two weight classes to fight Errol Spence Jr. in a bout between undefeated champions

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February 28, 2019 - 9:52 am

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Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) dropped by CBS Sports Radio to preview his upcoming fight with Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs), which will take place March 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“I’m excited,” Garcia said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was a fight that I was asking for, and it’s almost here. It’s a great fight not only for boxing, but in general, anybody will definitely enjoy this fight. I’m a fan of the Cowboys. Being able to fight in their stadium, it’s unbelievable. It’s something that I had never imagined possible, but now we’re here. (It’s) the biggest fight of my career and one of the biggest fights of the year, one of the biggest fights in boxing. It’s historic.”

Garcia is jumping up two weight classes to fight Spence. He’ll be going from 135 to 147 – almost a nine percent body-weight increase.

“That does take more work,” Garcia said. “There’s a different routine, different work. We were trying to focus on building a little bit more muscle. I didn’t want to trade the size and strength for my speed and reaction time and explosiveness. We don’t want to compete with just strength, but we do need to gain a little more power, a little more muscle just to be able to handle the size that Errol has.”

While some analysts think Garcia may have bitten off more than he can chew, the 31-year-old remains confident.

“People haven’t seen the best out of me,” he said. “I know I can do a lot more, and I need these kinds of challenges. When people look at this fight, everybody wonders why am I even doing this or (thinks) I’m crazy to ask for this kind of fight. But that’s because they haven’t seen the best out of me. They still haven’t seen everything I’m capable of doing. I feel very confident. I wanted this fight, and I know I’m going to prove to everybody that I’m a better fighter than they ever expected or ever imagined.”

The bout with Spence will be Garcia’s third fight against an undefeated fighter in the last 12 months. He beat Sergey Lipinets and Robert Easter Jr. by unanimous decision last March and July, respectively.

“I’m not trying to lie to anybody. I’m not trying to fool anybody or picking on just any opponent,” Garcia said. “I’m going after the biggest challenge, the biggest opponent, the baddest guy available. That’s what I want to do. I want to be remembered as one of the greatest of this generation, if not the greatest of all time. So I think you do this. If I don’t do this, I won’t be remembered. I want to fight champions. I want to collect titles.”