For Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia, Saturday's showdown represents a day of destiny. His six-and-a-half year march toward the number-one ranking has led to a 30-0 (26 KO) record, his first title opportunity and the proper historic stage (Madison Square Garden) to create what he hopes is a lasting star.
For defending titlist Orlando Salido, it's another opportunity to prove the doubters wrong. Despite having double-digit losses (11) in an era where a single defeat can derail careers, Salido persevered. His entire reign, now entering its third defense, wasn't even supposed to happen, but his grit enabled him to knock out Juan Manuel Lopez not once, but twice. Although he has continually beat the odds as of late, few will pick him to beat Garcia.