Despite being the clear underdog for the fight, Garcia shows a lot of promise and could deliver on the upset. Most expert opinions in boxing say Garcia has zero chance in this fight, but others say otherwise. His brother, and trainer, Robert Garcia predicts that his brother will defeat Spence Jr. by virtue of knockout when the two go head to head. He his confident that Mikey will find a sweet spot to defeat the welterweight champion based on studying his fighting style.
Garcia’s former world champion brother is not the only one who is giving him a great chance to seize victory. Legendary boxer George Foreman believes Mikey Garcia’s fighting style is the right combination to give Spence Jr. a run for his money. Spence Jr. may be the more powerful fighter, but Garcia’s elusiveness and defensive tactics may be enough to limit the effectiveness of the welterweight champ’s power. The longer the fight wears on without Garcia hitting the canvas and losing by knockout, the greater his chances of taking victory.
The orthodox fighter is known to have the hands capable of providing the heavy hitter to win by knockout, but he is equally as capable of going the distance and winning by decision. That is what he might have to do against the likes of Errol Spence Jr. Garcia will likely have to rely on his endurance to take Spence Jr. the distance to tire him out. On rare occasions has Spence Jr. had to win fights by decision. His endurance may not be as equipped as the former featherweight fighter. If Garcia can tire out the champ leading into the final rounds, then it remains to be seen if a vulnerable area would be exposed.
Garcia can tactically go after weaker areas on Spence Jr. to systemically take him apart and keep his eyes peeled for the devastating blow. The patience and high boxing IQ of Garcia gives him the mental fortitude to test Spence Jr.’s wits unlike any opponent he has faced.
The vast improvement of Garcia’s conditioning may be one of the deciding factors that gives him the needed strength to oust Spence Jr. Some fights featuring Spence Jr. have ended in knockout in Round 1. If Garcia avoids the heavy hitter early in the fight, it will prevent him from suffering negative damage. He is an opponent the likes of which Spence Jr. has never faced. He can tactfully pick his punches throughout the duration of the fight and strike when the opportune moment presents itself.
An underrated factor in this fight that spectators need to consider is Mikey Garcia’s drive and hunger for this fight. Being the David compared to Errol Spence Jr. playing the role as Goliath, Garcia has a burning desire to succeed where everyone is doubting him. To begin his career as a featherweight and work his way up to being welterweight champion would be an accomplishment unfathomable in boxing. When it comes to motivation and hunger to win, the edge goes to the California native.