Mikey Garcia 39-0 (30) says his ambitious move up to welterweight to face reigning IBF 147-pound champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 24-0 (21) is all about securing his legacy.
The 31-year-old former four division titleholder from Riverside by way of Oxnard, California will move up two weight classes from the lightweight division to face the formidable Spence Jr at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this Saturday.
“When I took on this fight and I wanted to get this fight, I was not doing it for any reason other than to prove to everybody that I’m the best and that I can fight anybody and I’m not scared to fight anybody even in the welter division,” Garcia said.
“I’m going to move into welterweight and just be considered one of the best. And if that puts me number one fighter in town then that’s extra another accolade. But there is no other fighter doing what I’m doing.
“There is no other fighter moving up in weight and back down and back up and keeping weight classes, fighting champions, undefeated champion. No other fighter is doing that.”
Garcia, who has claimed version of the world title at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and, momentarily, as junior welterweight, believes victory over Spence Jr will cement his claim to being the best fighter pound-for-pound in the world.
“So I mean, when you talk about pound-for-pound well I’m actually proving it. I’m doing it in different divisions. So I mean that’s kind of why people will remember me for, that I was willing to fight anybody in any division,” he said.
“Whether you put me number one pound-for-pound or not, everybody has an opinion but there is no one else doing what I’m doing!”