Garcia Looks To Keep Control Of His Career
After a contentious divorce from Bob Arum at Top Rank, Mikey Garcia is focused on ensuring that he is in control of his career.
Speaking with Nestor Gibbs on Tha Boxing Voice, Garcia discussed his desire to be in-control of his future but still retain a relationship with people like Al Haymon, Eddie Hearn, and the networks they bring with them.
“Everybody has a chance at a partnership with me because I am still a free agent. I don’t have anything signed with anybody, I don’t have any short term or long term [deals] with any promoter or any management company or anything like that. I have been working well with the PBC [Premier Boxing Champions] production…I was working well with Stephen Espinoza at Showtime. Now we’re working with FOX,” said Garcia.
“I’m open to work with anybody that presents a good offer and a good deal and a good partnership. I can work with anybody. I’m still closely in touch with Eddie Hearn, I’ve spoken to [Oscar De La Hoya’s] Golden Boy…I’m still open to discuss anything available and any possible options for me. if it makes sense for me and for my career, and it’s in the same path that I wanna take my career in, then I can definitely work with anybody.”
Garcia, who was once rumored to join Dana White’s Zuffa Boxing group, prepares to move up two weight classes to face welterweight champion Errol Spence for his IBF title on March 16th in Dallas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“My experiences with Top Rank as a developing fighter were always great. They always know how to develop a fighter. They know how to take a fighter’s career and develop it at a pace to secure a title fight, move them up the ranks, that kind of stuff. Toward the end, we had a falling out due to the business of the sport. It was like a marriage that doesn’t work out. You break up. You divorce. I aligned myself and started working with relationships and people that offered their services and their help” said Garcia of his former promoter, that would force him out of the sport for two years due to a legal battle.
“Like Al Haymon, Richard [Schaefer of Ring Star Sports,] [Lou] DiBella, Stephen [Espinoza] I started working with these other individuals, but I controlled my career the way I wanted it. I’m in control. I can get the fights that I want, I can push for whatever I want, and manage myself in a way that I feel is best for me, not for anybody else, not for any other secret agenda, not for any other company or network or whatever. I’m doing what needs to be done for me, for my future, for my career, and for my legacy.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene