PBC will have Errol Spence fight Garcia- Porter rematch after?
With reports out Tuesday night that Unified World Welterweight Champion, Errol Spence, is officially fighting top contender Danny Garcia later this year, we are left to wonder if that is setting in motion a second fight with former WBC champ, Shawn Porter?
First, Mike Coppinger, insider for the Athletic, reported that he’s learned the deal for Spence – Garcia is finalized and Premier Boxing Champions is securing a date and location:
Errol Spence Jr., and Danny Garcia have agreed to a welterweight title fight on FOX PPV, sources tell The Athletic; tentatively set for November but PBC could shift depending on COVID guidelines related to fans at events. Spence’s first fight after crashhttps://t.co/gF9zj5Cf1w
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) July 28, 2020
Coppinger floated that he’s heard the PPV fight will be in November, but of course, as is with everything with the Covid-19 pandemie, that could be subject to change and delay.
Also, although it’s not been officially announced, we expect shortly that PBC and Fox Sports will make formal that Porter, who lost a tough battle to Spence in for the WBC/IBF 147 lb. titles in Los Angeles last September, will headline for PBC on Fox in a non-title fight on August 22nd.
Porter will reportedly take on unbeaten, but largely untested on the big stage, Sebastian Formella of Germany at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A., without fans present.
And, you couple this with the timing of Spence – Garcia, and it seems very plausible that PBC is thinking about a possible Spence – Porter rematch for early 2021.
We discussed as much on the latest Big Fight Weekend podcast with guests, Marquis Johns from the site and TC Martin, Las Vegas radio host and personality:
Spence does have question marks surrounding him after his spectacular one-car crash last October in Dallas, where amazingly he did not suffer serious injuries but only a fractured jaw and slight concussion.
That delayed Spence to be able to train until months later and the beginning of 2020. Now, with the shutdown of the sport for over three months due to Covid-19 , the timeline of setting his title defense with Garcia has been further delayed.
Still, this seems to be PBC is preparing for the Porter – Spence rematch, especially if Porter wins convincingly over Formella in advance of Spence’s latest title defense.
Ultimately, Premier Boxing Champions was hoping to pit Spence with Hall of Famer to be and WBA champ, Manny Pacquiao in a mega Pay-per-View opportunity.
However, it’s unclear as to whether Pacquiao will fight in the remainder of this calendar year, as the Filipino Senate in it is about to be in session. And, for the last several years he has not fought in the Fall, while taking part, as an elected official, in their legislative process.
That means that Pacquiao most likely would not be available to fight until at least January, and that’s probably too close to when Spence would be available from having fought Garcia in November or perhaps, even in December.
Which brings us back to what is the most marketable fight that Spence could have in the short term?
Seems like a Porter rematch is the only real choice.