Errol Spence Jr vs. Danny Garcia a DONE deal for November 21
By Sean Jones: Errol Spence Jr s reporting that his November 21st fight against Danny Garcia is now official for Fox pay-per-view. Spence-Garcia is the fight that a lot of boxing fans have been waiting for as it’s a match that will lead to bigger ones for Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) against Terence Crawford, Manny Pacquiao, and Keith Thurman.
This bout for Spence will help cement him as the top guy at 147, and it’s long overdue. Spence and Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) had planned on fighting last January, but car crash that Errol was involved in recently alternated those plans. Danny went ahead and fought Ivan Redkach on January 25, and won a 12 round decision while Spence rested up to recover.
The decision to put Spence-Garcia on Fox pay-per-view is something that can be second-guessed, seeing that the pandemic is still going on, and a lot of boxing fans won’t have the revenue to splurge on an expensive fight. There’s no word yet on how much Spence vs. Garcia fight will be going at on Fox PPV. It’s likely going to be around $70 to $75.
November not an excellent time for PPV
Paying that kind of money wouldn’t be a big deal if boxing fans were working, and had the revenue to afford it. That’s not the case for many of them. A lot of people are still unemployed and living off of the checks from the U.S government.
The handlers for Spence and Garcia need to recognize that the fight will likely do abysmal numbers in terms of buys, and could see a lot of needy fans turning to illegal pirate streams or Youtube to watch the battle. One way of keeping this from happening is to lower the price for Spence vs. Garcia to an affordable amount that the average fan can handle.
If not, then we’ll see just a small percentage of the U.S fans ordering the fight, which would be a shame because it’s a decent match-up.
Garcia has won world titles at 140 and 147, and he’s one of the top fighters in the welterweight division today. He’d still likely be a world champion if he’d stayed at light-welterweight rather than moving up to 147. Danny isn’t the same guy at welterweight as he was when he fought at 140 from 2007 to 2015.
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) July 31, 2020
Despite Spence being the favorite against Danny, there are risks involved in this fight due to the enormous power that Garcia possesses. Danny is not a fighter that Spence can afford to let him land his power shots on because he hits too hard, and that’s with both hands.
The problem is, no one knows how much damage Spence’s car crash did to him in terms of his neurological system.
Is Spence still the same fighter?
If Spence’s brain was affected by the crash, Garcia could capitalize on that right away, which is why you can second guess the Texas native’s decision to make this fight. Usually, when a fighter has been through a potential life-altering accident, you don’t want to put them in a risky battle right away.
Their management puts them in tune-ups to bring them back slowly to make sure they’re functional and firing all eight cylinders before they throw them into the deep end with the top tier of the division. That’s what tune-ups are for, and Spence has decided to skip making that move. Still, Spence has decided to go right into the Garcia fight and risk it.
If things don’t work out for Spence, he’ll be kicking himself later. You’ve got to believe that Spence’s promoters encouraged him to take on someone easier than Garcia in his first fight back.
If Spence had fought Danny ‘Swift’ last year, it would be a safe bet to pick him as the winner, but things are different now. With the car crash that Spence was involved in, it’s a toss-up on who wins this fight. Spence is lucky to be still alive after that crash, and it’s an insane move on his part to be taking on a dangerous puncher like Garcia in his first fight back.
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