Spence, Garcia hopeful more PPV fights to come

Errol Spence Mikey Garcia

Errol Spence Mikey Garcia

The two have seemingly been on a collision course over the past few years, with Crawford rampaging through divisions and making his welterweight debut last June with a thorough beating of Jeff Horn and Spence staking his claim as the best fighter on the planet courtesy of violent beatings handed out to the likes of Kell Brook and Lamont Peterson.

Pacquiao is planning in from Vienna, Austria, late Saturday morning with U.S. boxing man Sean Gibbons, who believes that the skies will clear up after Saturday's big fight.

Like Spence and Porter, the World Boxing Council ruler, Pacquiao also fights under Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), which incidentally, is also aligned with Floyd Mayweather.

For now, both fighters have their hands full with what's in their immediate future.

"He said they've picked up the phrase, "¡Sí se puede!" or "Yes, we can!", as a rallying cry for Garcia.

DESOTO-Growing up in DeSoto, IBF World Welterweight Champion and 2012 Olympian Errol Spence Jr. dreamed of playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

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. "All of my opponents say they don't see anything special when they watch me, until they get into the ring". "A lot of dudes in boxing are fake". All the indicators are very positive and pointing in the direction of a big event, but I don't want to jinx it. "Guys like that try to play a role". Meanwhile, for the 29-year-old Spence, who enters his backyard of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the favorite, it's an opportunity for crossover stardom while headlining his first pay-per-view card.

Spence has mentioned throughout the build that even though he believes he is better than Garcia in every category, it doesn't matter to him if he's proven wrong on Saturday because should it come down to it, he has no problem relying on the "dog" and grit inside of him to get the job done.

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"Manny Pacquiao", Spence said. "A fight between us would be huge".

But Pacquiao's presence could steal the thunder from the main event since the 40-year-old Filipino legend is doing something he'd never done before.

"I've got to go in there Saturday night and show why I picked this fight".

However, it is interesting to hear what Spence would like in a ideal world where a Crawford fight wasn't obstructed by promotional and network politics.

Errol Spence defends his IBF welterweight title against Mikey Garcia on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. "For me, I have to choose Pacquiao".

"If that person would have told me a week or 10 days ago [he felt the PPV would only sell 300,000], I wouldn't have told him that he's foolish", said Schaefer. That would be big for me. If he wants to box, I'll beat him in that. The slower the pace of the fight, the more it could mean for Garcia's survival. And a victory over Pacquiao would only raise the stakes of a potential showdown with Crawford.

"It's great just knowing that I've been a pro for like six years and a lot of top guys either haven't fought pay-per-view yet or are just now getting into talks about fighting pay-per-view", Spence said. "That will definitely be a superfight".

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