Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who works with WBA “regular” welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, would love to see his boxer face the winner of this weekend’s big showdown at 147-pounds.
Four division world champion Mikey Garcia is moving up by two weight divisions to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence, and the contest takes at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
A bout between Pacquiao and Garcia has been rumored for some time, but it never came off for various reasons.
Roach is looking forward to the fight and respects Garcia, but believes Spence is way too much for him.
“This is a great battle between two top-10 pound-for-pound fighters,” said Roach to Premier Boxing Champions.
“Mikey is showing great courage in challenging Errol, but I think he may have taken on too much in moving up for this one. It’s is the type of fight that creates intrigue for fans and that’s good for boxing.
“I’m going with Errol Spence in this one. I think he has the size and power advantage. I’d love to see [Roach fighter] Manny Pacquiao fight the winner next. What a fight that will be!”
And another Hall of Fame trainer, James “Buddy” McGirt, who at one times was a top-tier fighter and a former world champions, agrees with Roach’s view of the contest.
But, he does give Garcia points for his edge in experience and views him as the best fighter that Spence ever faced in his career to date.
“I do think that Garcia has his hands full with Errol,” said McGirt. “Garcia has a heck of a journey in front of him come fight night. But in all fairness, Garcia is more experienced than Errol. Errol is still green and rough around the edges. Garcia is by far the best fighter that Errol will face.”