Mikey Garcia clears the air.
For the past several weeks, there has been a great deal of speculation and rumors surrounding Mikey Garcia.
When last in the ring, the talented three-divisional champion was seeking a title in a fourth division. Unfortunately for him, his opponent, IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr proved to be too stern a challenge.
When it was all said and done, he lost an extremely lopsided UD.
Despite the loss, Garcia assures that he is still very willing and open to remain at the welterweight division.
Naturally, the gifted Californian would prefer to face one of the champions at 147. At the moment however, minus WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, all the belt holders already have bouts on the calendar.
Garcia vs Garcia?
One notable name that has been linked with Mikey Garcia over the past several weeks is former welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia.
It was rumored that the two had agreed to all terms for a fall showdown. Only the official announcement was slow to materialize.
Finally, Garcia himself let it be known that he had not agreed to, nor even seen, any contract or stipulations.
In a recent interview, conducted by Adriana Jimenez with Fino Boxing, Mikey took the time to completely clear up any remaining confusion surrounding a potential Garcia v Garcia prizefight.
“I heard, you know, Mike Coppinger tweet about it a few weeks ago and I asked. I tweeted, I actually texted him back like, ‘what terms did I agree to because I don’t know what you’re talking about’.
“Honestly, I have not discussed that fight with anybody that needs to be in that conversation at that table. A few weeks ago Al Haymon did ask me if that’s a fight that would interest me. I said, ‘sure, that makes sense, that’s a good fight.
“Let’s look into it,’ but that was it. Nothing was ever discussed. No venue, no network, no, you know, date, nothing.
“I don’t know where all these rumors came from, but I mean that’s just how boxing is sometimes with the media. It’s okay.”
Mikey Garcia on Campaign Weight
Having officially put that bit of speculation to rest, Garcia then clarified what division he would like to campaign at.
“I’m willing to fight at 147, if the right fights are available. If not, then I’ll come down to ’40. But even at ’40 right now, the champions are already lined up with fights, so I would have to wait.
“So, it seems like right now there isn’t going to be an immediate title fight for me in either weight class, you know.
“The champions all have their fights coming up […] I do want to fight before the end of the year, you know and I look forward to putting something together before the end of the year. I just don’t have anything yet.”
In terms of what his next move will be, much like Garcia himself, the boxing public will just have to wait and see what attractive opportunity finally secures his interest.
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By: Bakari Simpson