Mikey Garcia Enjoys Role as Promoter
There is no doubt that four-division world champion Mikey Garcia (40-1, 3 KO’s) is one well accomplished and gifted fighter. He has been submerged in the sport since his earliest memories. Therefore, it was only natural that Garcia was bitten by the boxing bug.
Yet, it’s clear that merely lacing the gloves up and testing his skills in the ring was not wholly fulfilling. In an effort to expand his overall involvement in the sport, and aid his fellow boxers, Garcia decided to test his hand at fight promotion.
In this contemporary era of boxing, it has become commonplace to see fighters launching their own promotional companies. As the athletes continue to accrue greater business savvy, they’re increasingly seeing the financial benefit of representing themselves, and other fighters, at the negotiating table. In this regard, Garcia is following suit.
THE BUSINESS SIDE OF BOXING
Mikey Garcia has also learned that an additional benefit of functioning as a promoter is being allotted the chance to strategically improve the careers of other fighters. In a recent interview with Premier Boxing Champions, the 13-year pro gave his latest feelings on what it was to be a boxing promoter and fighter simultaneously.
“Look, it’s not easy, it takes a lot of time, patience, but actually I enjoy it. I like it because I’m also helping other fighters develop their careers, build their records just like I did earlier when I first started. You have to start from zero. So if I am able to help a fighter develop a winning record, maybe give him the opportunity to get on a bigger platform, and take a chance and win something big and move on in the ladder, then that makes me happy.
Then I’m also using my own leverage and platform, connections, relationships to help others. I’m only going to box for X number of years. But if I can continue helping other fighters, I’m going to be in boxing for the rest of my life. And I would have so much pleasure and satisfaction knowing that I helped all these fighters reach their goals, you know, reached their highest potential.
That’s what it’s about for me being a promoter. I am not doing it for the money. There is no money right now! Not at the level we are, honestly there isn’t. People think that we are making money, or that every promoter is going to make money just cause they see a good show. That doesn’t turn or translate into dollar bills.”
So while Garcia would like to build himself into a major promoter, he is content to have a positive influence on the career of other boxers.
By: Bakari Simpson