Errol Spence Jr. had a career-defining night on Saturday. Spence vs Mikey Garcia was set to be a matchup of two of the best in the sport. The last thing anyone was expecting was a one-sided massacre.
Spence won the fight in dominant fashion with a unanimous decision. He outlanded Garcia 345 to 75, and he had a clear power advantage with 51 percent of power shots landed compared to just 18.5 percent for Garcia.
Simply put, the fight wasn’t close. Despite how confident Garcia was in calling out Spence last year, he was clearly outclassed.
The southpaw commanded the distance with his right jab, eluded any dangerous shots from Garcia and pounded the challenger for most of the 12-round fight.
“From the whole training camp, the experts like Sugar Ray Leonard felt like [Garcia] was too smart and I couldn’t box [with him,]” Spence said. “You saw today I could box and move my head and do all that if I want to.
The performance paves the way for Spence to continue his trajectory toward becoming one of the sport’s biggest attractions. Former champion Manny Pacquiao, who has held that title for several years, was in attendance and drew cheers from the crowd whenever he was shown on the screen. Spence asked Pacquiao into the ring and formally asked for a fight.
“[Pacquiao] has been here before [at AT&T Stadium] and broke records here before,” Spence said. “He’s a legend of the sport and it would be an honor to fight him next.”
The 40-year-old Pacquiao, who is fresh off a decision win over Adrien Broner on PPV, accepted the challenge, albeit it in a tone that wasn’t completely convincing.
“Yeah, why not,” Pacquiao said. “We can give the fans a good fight. I’m so happy to be here in Dallas and I’m hoping that I will be back here soon.”
All signs are pointing to a Spence vs. Pacquiao showdown in July unless Welterweight Shawn Porter forces his way into the conversation prematurely. In the post-match interview, Porter mention, he is willing to step in if Pacquiao doesn’t want the next fight. Either way, Spence has a few options for what’s next.