In a mega-fight featuring two undefeated boxing champions, DFW native Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. showed the world why he's the best welterweight boxer in the game and the best pound-4-pound boxer in the world today.
For Errol Spence Jr., winning a welterweight title and two subsequent defenses still didn't result in the performance that validated his spot among the best fighters in the sport.
Spence increased his body-punching as the fight went on and looked to wear down the fighter who was moving up in weight.
Spence Jr, who boxed for the United States at the London 2012 Olympics, went the distance in his hometown - his first 12-round bout in his past 12 fights. Super fights lay on the horizon for Spence now after he claimed a wide points decision against pound-for-pound star Garcia to retain his IBF world title and he immediately called out Mayweather's former foe Manny Pacquiao after the fight. "He didn't want to let me get hit more, but I told him I was fine and I tried to go out there and pull it off", Garcia said. Spence dominated Garcia throughout with a stinging jab and a barrage of combinations and his hometown crowd at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas cheered wildly as he used his size and reach advantage to put on a boxing clinic. It's not in Pacman's character to sell a fight with histrionics, and to his credit, Errol Spence seems to be similar in that regard.
"It was a huge fight, it was a great show, unfortunately things didn't go out the way we planned", Garcia said. Pacquiao climbed into the ring after the bout, but the prospect of fighting a blazing fast and powerful fighter like Spence can't be too appealing for a 40-year-old. "People said I couldn't box", said Spence.
A highly competitive welterweight division means unification bouts with WBA champion Keith Thurman, WBC champion Shawn Porter and WBO champion Terence Crawford would also be possibilities. "I felt good and I wanted to put on a great performance".
"I was able to hold my own", Garcia said. "Spence wants to fight me", said Pacquiao. "I can do it if I want to". "I'm so happy to be here in Dallas, and I hope I will be back here soon".
Pacquiao, standing next to him in the ring and looking for a summer opponent, said he was interested in a fight that would be relatively easy to make, given that they are both with Premier Boxing Champions.
Spence is just one of the many young, skillful and hungry welterweights around wanting a piece of Pacquiao in a megabuck fight.