Mikey Garcia on Jessie Vargas: I’ll Have Better Defense, Better Reflexes

Mikey Garcia Correcting the Mistakes of the Past

Mikey Garcia
Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia Correcting the Mistakes of the Past

It’s been almost a year to the day that top rated fighter Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KO’s) was last in the ring. When Garcia last slipped through the ropes, he did so to face WBC and IBF world welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (26-0, 21 KO’s). Despite talking more trash than Hefty Cinch Sak engineers in the build-up, Garcia was outclassed in every category possible.


Outside of showing a great deal of heart, it was a completely abysmal night in the office for Mikey Garcia. Yet, being the type of fighter that he is, Garcia could not allow that showing to be the only representation of his skill and ability in the 147 division.

While in no way is he trying to detract from the immense talent of Spence Jr, Garcia does feel that there were a number of factors that did not allow him display the best version of himself during that fight. Garcia delved deeper in on the matter during an exclusive interview with Fight Hub TV.

“Last time we tried to move up within 12 weeks and that obviously was not enough time. But that is just a learning experience. I felt like I was going to be able to do it and pull it off last year and I just wasn’t able to perform. But I think this time you’ll see a lot more improvements. You’re going to see me stronger and quicker than you did last year.

…I think I can answer a lot of those questions on Saturday night, a lot of people still don’t believe that I should be at 147. And a lot of people don’t think that I have anything to do at 47, so I think that Saturday night I’m going to change people’s mind. They’re going to see that there’s a lot more that I can do and I can be taken more serious at welterweight.”


When questioned about how he feels about his next opponent, Jessie Vargas, Garcia was quite candid in describing himself as the superior product!

“I just think I am a much better fighter. When it comes to skills, I’ll be quicker, I’ll be faster. Better defense, better reflexes, I think you’re going to see all of that. You know, he’s got the height and reach, he’s got size and reach advantage, strength and experience too. But I think that Saturday night you’ll see there is a lot more to Mikey Garcia.”

In the end, only time will tell the final tale of how this bout plays bout. However, with names like Manny Pacquiao being kicked around as future opponents, Garcia cannot afford to have any sort of off night come Saturday February 29.

By: Bakari Simpson

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