Mikey Garcia Eager for Second Chance at 147
Known for claiming gold at multiple weight classes, and despite a bad showing in his welterweight debut, Mikey Garcia is looking to try and bring his success to 147 again.
Garcia competed as a welterweight for the first time in March, challenging Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF championship. Garcia was swept on the scorecards, losing a unanimous decision and tasting defeat for the first time in his professional career.
Garcia vacated the WBC lightweight title earlier this year before ultimately agreeing to a one-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and DAZN; he will face former welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on February 29.
According to Garcia, he asked for potential opponents at super lightweight, where he has been a former IBF champion, but the potential opponents weren’t as attractive as the names at welterweight.
“I asked for them to look into the 140-pound division as well, but the names were not quite available,” Garcia said. “If I wanted to do something at 147, this was a good fight to show that I do have more in me than what they saw in my last fight.
My last performance was not the best and that truly left a very bad taste. I feel that there’s a lot more people can see, and I want to show them. That night was just not my night. I want to repair and make up for that.
“Maybe you won’t be able to see all that I can do against a bigger man because maybe I won’t be able to hurt them with my power. They’re the bigger guy. I don’t know what to expect from Jessie. I can’t give any insight into what to expect. It’s going to be a great matchup.
“Jessie is a quality challenge as a two-division champion. He’s only lost to Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. It’s a good fight. I like it. He’s no pushover, and this is not an easy fight. He’s a big guy. I’m obligated to fight good opponents. I’m after legacy. My family was saying to take an easy fight, knock them out and make some money. I said, ‘No. I’m not about that. I don’t want to [expletive] take that. I owe it to my fans. I can’t just do it for quick money.
It’s my return fight, but I don’t want a C-level fighter. There were a few names presented where I said, ‘No. I’m not getting in the ring with that guy. It’s going to look embarrassing if I fight them. Give me somebody else.’
Original Story: Boxing Scene