Cool, Calm, Concussive: Garcia & Crawford Stay Perfect with KOs

by Eric Raskin

Juan Manuel Lopez, Mikey Garcia - Photo: Ed Mulholland

For the final 24 hours leading up to the Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez card in Dallas, the talk was all about two pounds. By the time the fight card was over, the talk had shifted to two poundings.

Garcia failed to make the 126-pound weight limit at Friday's weigh-in, coming in at 128 and having to give up his featherweight belt. Speculation swirled about how this might affect the fight. Would Garcia be weakened and more susceptible to an upset loss? Would he have an unfair size advantage? As it turned out the weight was irrelevant, and just like lightweight Terence Crawford in the co-featured bout against Alejandro Sanabria, Garcia was dominant and ultimately destructive in racking up a nearly drama-free knockout victory. The two pounds were quickly forgotten. The back-to-back poundings at American Airlines Arena made a more lasting impression.

Read the Complete Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez Fight Recap on HBO.com.