Garcia Wouldn’t Mind Fight with Crawford
Mikey Garcia is scheduled to challenge Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC lightweight championship on Jan. 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But Garcia is already looking at options for after the upcoming title fight. If he should win the title next month, he would look for title unification bouts with other boxing lightweight champions. But if he can find none to fight, he has another idea in mind — to step up to 140 and challenge Terence Crawford.
"I think it would be a great show, a great fight," Garcia told BoxingScene. "He’s the top man right now at 140 pounds. If I’m moving up to 140 pounds and he’s there, and we could actually get that fight, I would definitely do that.
"You just have to remember that he’s managed and promoted by different people, and sometimes it’s those people that prevent certain fights from happening. As a fighter, and I’m sure Terence feels the same way, he’s willing to fight anybody and everybody. But sometimes they don’t happen for other reasons."
What Garcia might be referring to is that Crawford is promoted by Top Rank and managed by Cameron Dunkin, who used to promote and manage Garcia. The relationships ultimately ended when they were sued by Garcia in 2014 because the boxer felt he was getting sufficient purse offers.
But Garcia doesn’t think that would hinder his chances to fight Crawford.
"If it’s big business, including the promoters, not just the fighters, then they’re willing to work," Garcia said.
Garcia, however, also said claims by Top Rank’s Bob Arum that he offered Garcia a fight against Crawford were false.
"I heard Bob and some people say that they had offered me that fight, and that I was asking for $2 million. That’s a complete lie," Garcia said. "That never happened. That fight was never offered to me or Terence."