It is thought at the moment that world lightweight boxing sensation Mikey Garcia could be getting ready to jump up two weight classes to take on fellow pound for pound rated star Errol Spence. Oscar De La Hoya was questioned about if a good little man can beat a good big man and one reporter compared the move to when Pacquiao jumped up in weight to fight him.
We all know that night that Pacquiao outclassed and beat Oscar down. To a bloody pulp.
It was the big coming out party fight for Pacquiao in many ways in that he beat America’s old pay per view star and did it against all the odds.
Against a fighter far bigger than him.
But to compare Garcia moving up to face Spence in the same manner is about out-of-place, in fairness.
Oscar was a shadow of himself against Pacquiao and was clearly weight drained having come back down to welterweight for the first time in nearly a decade.
Boxing history shows that moving up in weight is hard enough, that only the best of the best can do, but after you do it and then decide to come back down in weight, it hardly ever goes well physically.
Speaking to a group of journalists in a media scrum Oscar De La Hoya played down the comparison:
“Yeah but I was already down in my career. So that’s a whole different story. It’s just impossible. I was talking to Sugar Ray Leonard about it and he said, yeah, Errol Spence is the real deal.”
You’d have to think Spence will go into a fight with Mikey Garcia as a strong favorite if the fight happens.
At the moment Garcia is in the market for a new promoter and is currently considering a big offer from Eddie Hearn and DAZN.