"The movie theater ticket sales for this fight and the sales to bars and restaurants are tracking ahead of where the first Canelo and Triple-G fight were at the same time".
For the 31-year-old Garcia, a four-division champion, an opportunity at a title in a fifth weight class against the most risky opponent available gives him the chance to call himself the best in the world if he wins.
Click below to listen to Spence's interview in its entirety. "Fighting each year in the Garden makes it a lot more important to me than it would most fighters". Spence is a southpaw who will hold advantages of three inches in height and four inches in reach. He is a master technician with the ability to break down an opponent with timing and power.
Needless to say, neither one is lacking for any confidence either.
Size isn't the only thing that matters, according to Spence.
"He's going to find out why I chose to fight him and why I picked this fight", Garcia said. All the indicators are very positive and pointing in the direction of a big event, but I don't want to jinx it. "On paper, he's the toughest opponent to date but once we get in the ring we'll find out". If he wants to fight, I'll beat him in that too.
"I feel like this turns me into a star", Spence said.
"I didn't think about that fight in particular but that does make sense when you go back in time", Garcia said to Sporting News when the similarities between this fight and De La Hoya-Pacquiao are brought to his attention. After that fight Garcia returned to lightweight and easily outpointed undefeated Robert Easter Jr.in July to unify two titles before calling Spence out and making the audacious move up two weight divisions to fight him in his hometown. "It shows that he's really coming to fight and it's gonna be a great fight". He has won belts at featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight and can become only the third fighter in boxing history to win world titles at featherweight and welterweight, joining Hall of Famer Henry Armstrong and obvious future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao.
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Infront's Christian Mueller believes his company's offer can provide the financial security to grow the game globally. This would bring each nation an increase to its annual revenue of £100-130 million.
"I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to win this fight. I'm about big challenges, big obstacles, and just to show everybody that I'm the best".
"I can stay at 147 and compete here - or maybe I come down and campaign at a lighter division at 140, or even possibly down at lightweight where I'm now champion. This is a 50/50 fight, and it's going to take everything I have to defeat him". "I want to make history and this is the one that will get me there".
"This is a legendary fight. I dare to say it", said Schaefer, whose Ringstar Sports is co-promoting Saturday's bout. You can't ever write off the little guy. That's all I see in his eyes. I'm glad he's as confident as I am. "I hope he tries though".
"Not only have all of our sparring partners told us, but all of Mikey's opponents, they've said the same thing, that until they're in the ring, they realize how strong and hard Mikey hits", said Robert Garcia, his trainer and brother. He also has enough pop, having won a world title past year at 140 pounds by dropping Sergey Lipinets, to keep Spence honest in the early going. "I'm excited I have made it to this platform, this level".
WBC lightweight champion Garcia jumps 17lb on Saturday when he challenges IBF welterweight king Spence at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T stadium in Dallas. Spence is most concerned with winning impressively, not necessarily stopping Garcia within a certain number of rounds. He certainly has the footwork the footwork and smarts to do so.
In the co-feature, former super middleweight world titleholder David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs), 22, of Phoenix, weighed 167 pounds, one under the division limit, for his 10-round fight with J'Leon Love (24-2-1, 13 KOs), 31, of Las Vegas, who was 168¼ pounds. The slower the pace of the fight, the more it could mean for Garcia's survival. "I think this might be the biggest win of my career right now". Eventually, Spence couldn't ignore a pound-for-pound fighter demanding a fight with him.
We won't know until Saturday whether Spence will even need to.
Pick: Spence via TKO10.
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