By Chris Williams: Danny Garcia says he sees the Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr fight as a “50-50” affair that could end by knockout either way on August 21st.
The former two-division world champion Garcia says if Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) fights the way he did against Keith Thurman, he can stop Spence (27-0, 21 KOs).
Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision defeat to IBF/WBA welterweight champion Spence last December at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Although Danny put in an excellent effort, Spence had too much firepower in winning by the scores 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.
What we don’t know is if Danny is embittered from the experience of losing to Spence. If Garcia is resentful about losing to Spence, that might explain why he’s picking the 42-year-old Pacquiao to win.
Danny Garcia: Pacquiao – Spence won’t go the distance
“I think it’s a 50-50 fight, to be honest,” said Danny Garcia to Fighthype on the Pacquiao vs. Spence Jr fight. “I think I can see both of them knocking each other out. And I think this fight is not going to go the distance.
“I think somebody is getting knocked out. It could be either-or. If Manny fights the way he fought Thurman, I believe he can stop Spence. But if Spence comes with his A-game, I think Spence can stop him with a body shot,” said Danny Garcia.
Former WBC/WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman looked like a faded fighter against Pacquiao in their fight in July 2019.
This wasn’t the Thurman from the zenith of his career back in 2016 when he was viewed as the #1 welterweight in the world.
The Thurman that Pacquiao had taken off a lot of weight during training camp, and he wasn’t anywhere near the fighter he’d been three years earlier in 2016. Even with Thurman not at his best, he almost beat Pacquiao.
Danny Garcia says “age doesn’t matter”
“Hell, yeah, he’s a legend, Manny Pacquiao, so he always has that motivation,” Danny Garcia said when asked if the 42-year-old Pacquiao inspires him.
“So age don’t matter. He knows what to do. You got to bring your A-game against Manny.”
Unfortunately, age DOES matter. It matters a lot unless you’re an older fighter like Floyd Mayweather Jr taking on a Youtuber like Logan Paul.
Age doesn’t matter when you’re fighting YouTubers like Floyd, but it means everything when you’re facing elite fighters like Errol Spence Jr.
Pacquiao’s win over Keith Thurman gave the boxing public the false perception of reality.
The only reason Pacquiao won that fight is that Thurman has been sitting on the shelf, not fighting, licking his battle wounds from his 2017 fight against Danny Garica. Thurman got fat in eating himself to 180+ before starting training camp for his fight with Pacquiao in 2019.
So not only was Thurman ring rusty, his training camp was basically a fat farm for the first half of it.
“Probably October or November,” said Danny Garcia when asked when he’ll be fighting next. “Right now, I’m just chilling, having fun. I got a lot going in. Right now, I’m staying locked in, having fun,” said Danny.