Garcia Prefers Fight vs Spence over Pacquiao

Prior to unifying the WBC and IBF lightweight titles against Robert Easter Jr. last week, Mikey Garcia teased possibly moving up another weight class to capture a championship in a fifth division. And that looks closer to becoming reality.

Garcia won the IBF Junior Welterweight Championship earlier this year with a victory over Sergey Lipinets, giving Garcia championships obtained at 126, 130, 135 and 140. And now it appears Garcia is eyeing the 147-pound division.

Manny Pacquiao captured the WBA “Regular” Welterweight Title with a win over Lucas Matthysse last month, and Robert Garcia, Mikey’s brother and trainer, as well as their father, prefers a showdown between the two at the end of the year (though Keith Thurman is the more-recognized WBA “Super” champion).

But Mikey Garcia has his eyes on IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. In fact, Spence was at ringside when Garcia defeated Easter.

“With Pacquiao, I would also like that fight. He announced that he is already free of [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum and now there is more of a possibility [to make a deal], but right now Spence is more important to me than Pacquiao,” Garcia tells ESPN Deportes.

I plan to return at the end of November, beginning of December, there is no date yet but we are going to talk about it in a couple of weeks. What I can tell you is that my team does not agree with my decision to go after the fight with Spence. My dad tells me that I should not do it, but in the end, I’m making the decision and I’m going to try to get that fight.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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