WELTERWEIGHT stars of the past and present have had their say on BoxNation’s big vacant WBC 147lb Title clash between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter on Saturday night.
Here is what a group of current and former fighters had to say about the Garcia v Porter blockbuster:
SUGAR RAY LEONARD (Hall-of-Famer & former unified World Welterweight Champion)
"I feel the Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter fight has the makings of an exciting fight from what I've seen of both of these talented fighters. So here is my prediction based on what I feel both fighters bring into the ring.
"Garcia will win if he uses his jab to keep Porter at bay and off balance, but Porter gains a victory if he connects and hurts Garcia early and makes him abandon his boxing ability and fight like a slugger - as I did with my first fight vs Roberto Duran.
"This is how I see this match-up which should be an exciting fight!"
ERROL SPENCE JR. (unbeaten IBF World Welterweight Champion)
"I definitely want to fight the winner of Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter. That's a close fight. I always picked against Danny Garcia in the past, and he always proved me wrong. Shawn Porter's always a tough fight, because he's going to come forward and give it his all. He's basically trying to mug you. But for this fight, it's hard to go against Danny Garcia. I pick Danny Garcia to win a split decision."
MANNY PACQUIAO (multiple-time World Welterweight Champion)
"I'm going to give the edge to Danny Garcia. They're both gritty fighters, but I think Garcia is a little more technical with a little more ring generalship. It should be a great fight, and there's a possibility of me fighting the winner, but we'll have to see what happens."
MIKEY GARCIA (four-weight World Champion)
"I think this is a very good match-up. Shawn Porter is the kind of athlete who is always bringing the fight to you with pressure and volume punching. They both come to fight and they can both take it and dish it out.
"Danny Garcia can use his skills to box on the outside and work from a distance. I think Danny will be able to box a little more and win more of the tight rounds in a very close fight. I'm not sure if it will be a split decision or a unanimous decision. I believe that Danny will use more of those tactics to win an exciting decision."
ROBERT GUERRERO (former multiple-division World Champion)
"This will be a very entertaining fight for the fans. I can see Danny putting up a good fight, but Porter is going to make the fight rough, and Garcia doesn't like those type of fights. I'm going with Porter to win by split decision."
VICTOR ORTIZ (former World Welterweight Champion)
"I think it's going to be a fast-paced fight. Shawn will be pushing forward, making it rough on Danny, and Danny will be trying to control the distance. I'm going with Danny, giving him the slight edge and saying he wins by a decision."
BRANDON RIOS (former World Champion & Welterweight Title challenger)
"That's a really tough fight to predict. If Danny can counter really well and keep Shawn Porter off of him while Porter's coming in, then I see Danny stopping him.
"But if Shawn Porter is able to pressure Danny like he usually does, I don't see Shawn Porter stopping Danny, or anything, but I see him winning by split decision if he can be in his chest all night long. But if Porter gets nailed with one of those left hooks or a straight right hand, I say Porter goes down. I'm going to go with Danny because he knocked me out."