Garcia Admits Spence Performance “Worst” In Career
Mikey Garcia looks for redemption on Leap day when he returns to welterweight for a fight against Jessie Vargas.
Garcia, who stepped up to the weight class for the first time earlier this year to face off against Errol Spence Jr inside AT&T Stadium, believes that was the worst effort he’s given as a pro fighter.
“I feel and I know that there’s a lot more to my fight game that wasn’t there my last fight,” Garcia told FightHub. “My last performance was horrible, the worst of my career. I feel like I’ve got to make up for that. I have to show my fans there’s more. This fight does that. I think this fight allows me to show that there’s much more to Mikey Garcia, even at 147. Naturally, I should be smaller, I should be fighting at a lower weight class. But I want to show there’s more I can do. I can be a solid contender and title challenger at 147.”
“It was the most horrible performance, that’s the honest truth. But I’m not dwelling on that. I’m moving forward. I’ve got big plans. 2020 will be a big year for me, huge year. That’s part of boxing. You lose a fight, OK, so what? Move forward. What’s gonna show the world and speak most for me is how I bounce back from a loss. Winning so many fights in a row and making it look easy sometimes doesn’t give you enough credit and people don’t give you the recognition. But bouncing back from a loss, how you do it, what you do after, I think will speak more to the kind of fighter I am.”
“Everybody has an opinion,” Garcia said of the blowback of his unanimous decision loss to Spence on Fox Sports Pay Per View. “They love you one day, they say you’re nothing the next day. That doesn’t matter. I have big plans. The next day I was already looking forward to what I’m gonna do next. You lose a fight, you win the next one. It happens. People put a lot more emphasis and importance to an undefeated record. I don’t feel like that. I really don’t feel like that. At least for me, the main thing is getting certain fights, showing the world I’m capable of getting in the ring and competing at the highest level with the top guys. Who cares what the fans say or media says? I don’t care about that. I care about my fans. That’s it. Nothing else matters to me.”
“I believe I will perform a lot better and people will be able to really say,” Garcia said of his fight inside The Star in Frisco, Texas against Vargas in his debut on DAZN. “‘OK, he can fight at 147. We like him at 147.’ But if I still don’t feel that that’s the best fit for me, or that I have enough of what it takes to be at the highest level, then I’m gonna look into 140 pounds. But I feel I will be able to do 147, I will win a title at 147. I know that I will.”