Errol Spence retained his IBF world welterweight title with a shutout victory over Mikey Garcia at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night, before reiterating his calls for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
Spence claimed every round on the cards of all three judges, winning 120-108 (twice) and 120-107 against four-weight world champion Garcia, who was moving up two divisions.
At no point was Garcia able to assert any influence, with the size difference too much for him to overcome, as Spence dominated with a nagging jab and powerful straight lefts.
Already near the top on most pound-for-pound lists, Spence now deserves to be considered among the very best in the sport, but he is still awaiting the win that would push him into the mainstream.
That may come against Pacquiao, who was on hand in Dallas and has voiced his willingness to meet Spence, possibly later this year. “Why not?,” Pacquiao said, when asked in the ring about whether he would face a younger and highly-motivated foe.
Spence was more effusive. “(Pacquiao) is a legend of the sport and it would be a great fight,” Spence said. “Let’s make it happen.”
USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers broke down the bout as it happened…