Spence Returns, Garcia Strap Hunting, And Bud Crawford Is Still On The Shelf

As boxing slowly returns, the excitement has been relatively mum as no top billed headliners have been announced yet.

That all changed with two tweets as both Errol Spence, Jr. and Danny Garcia confirmed that they are contracted to meet in November.

According to reports, the two will face one another on a FOX PPV fight on November 21st. However, the date could change depending on the spread of COVID.

In addition, government guidelines pertaining to fans at live sporting events will also be a factor. In the new COVID-19 era of sports entertainment, promoters must face the realities of leaving a significant portion of revenue on the table if fan attendance is sacrificed.

Spence aka “The Truth” (26-0, 21 KOs) is the WBC and IBF welterweight champion and is now one of boxing’s top draws. He proved this with his defeat of Mikey Garcia in March 2019 in front of 47,525 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

He then followed that up last year selling out to 16,000-plus fans in a victory over Shawn Porter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Lakers.

Danny “Swift” Garcia is a former two-division world champion that has held multiple titles. He is no cupcake return for Spence and is also a draw that can demand the ticket sales to rival past Spence bouts.

Spence is returning from a horrific car accident back in October 2019. He was driving his Ferrari 488 Spider and, according to Dallas Police, was “traveling at a high rate of speed” and then “veered left over the center median onto the southbound lanes and flipped multiple times, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt.

He was released from hospital 6 days later and was charged with a DWI, a class-B misdemeanor by the Dallas Police Department. However, no damage to his seemingly squeaky athletic brand has been noticeable but fans are eager to see how he looks after the accident.

Still many hoped for a clash with WBO welterweight champion, Terence “Bud” Crawford. Many believe the two are on a collision course with destiny rivaling great match-ups of yesteryear like “Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran.

However, recently, Top Rank chairman and Crawford promoter, Bob Arum is steering towards a bout for his Nebraska star with former Top Rank fighter, Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao is currently the WBA (Super) welterweight champion and although he is 41 years old, he looked stellar against Keith “One Time” Thurman back in July 2019. Thurman lost handily to Pac-Man in that showdown.

“The Pacquiao fight, obviously, we’d like to do it,” Arum told Boxing Scene. “Whether we can do it, how we can do it, that’s what we’re figuring out now. Obviously, if it can happen, it will happen, and if it can’t happen, it won’t happen. But nothing is concrete on that. We hope we can do it. We’re trying, but this is not a usual situation.”

Another name that has been floating for Crawford is the tough-as-nails Kell Brook from the U.K. who also has a sizable fan base.

Ironically, Arum has said that Crawford has been informed to prepare for a November 14th or 21st match-up regardless. This would pit his fight either in competition with or ahead of the planned Spence-Garcia bout keeping the welterweights at the top of everyone’s tongue in the fourth quarter.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.