Garcia Considers Himself The Next Mayweather
Following Floyd Mayweather’s second retirement, Mikey Garcia is gunning to take the position of the biggest star in boxing.
The first step in getting to that level is defeating IBF junior welterweight world champion Sergey Lipinets on February 10th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
While Lipinets will be making the first defense of his world title, Garcia looks to make history as the third fighter in modern history to become a champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
“A world champion like Sergey Lipinets is more exciting an opponent for me than an easy title defense. I wanted a challenge and this man presents that. He’s a bigger man naturally. He’s going to be very hungry and motivated. He knows a victory over me launches his career to the top. That’s going to make this an interesting fight,” Garcia said.
“To win a world title in a fourth division is a big deal to me. My dad always wanted a three-division world champion, and now I have a chance to give him a fourth title. That’s something that really excites me.”
While tying a record is a major goal for Garcia, his main focus is to be the most recognizable star in the sport. Garcia, who returned after a two year layoff following a messy divorce from Top Rank, and turning down multi-fight offers from Golden Boy, feels well on his way to being the biggest name on his own.
“I know that I have the possibility to be the biggest star in boxing like a Floyd Mayweather, and I think I’m on track to accomplish that. I don’t see a lot of guys in the sport with the resume of accomplishments that I have. I’m going to continue take on the best and beat my opponents convincingly,” Garcia said.