Who Is Mikey Garcia Finally Ready To Fight?
While he looks to take over another division, Mikey Garcia continues to focus his attention on one of the greatest welterweights in the world today.
Garcia (40-1) told Chris Mannix that he still has his eyes set on facing WBA Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao. The former WBC and IBF Lightweight Champion has been calling for a bout between him and the Senator of the Philipines for a while now. Stating it would expand his legacy with a win, Garcia sees it as a dream fight. He stated that the two were supposed to fight at one point this year.
“Leading up to the (Jessie) Vargas fight, we were already in conversation with Team Pacquiao, having a few discussions,” Garcia stated, via Boxing Scene. “It seemed like things were shaping up pretty well with Manny Pacquiao getting on board to maybe getting a fight with me. Things went south with the whole pandemic and everything had to wait.”
Garcia has competed in featherweight and lightweight. A former WBO Featherweight Champion, Garcia decided to test his luck in a third division. Making his welterweight debut in March 2019, Garcia lost a one-sided affair against Errol Spence Jr for the IBF Welterweight Title. Looking to prove he belongs in the division, Garcia came back and beat Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision in February.
Garcia is hoping the win could be the rebound he needs to clash with the best. His goal is to be one of the best fighters of this era of boxing.
Pacquiao (62-7-2) is on a three-fight win streak and is 5-1 in his last six. A former WBO Welterweight Champion, Pacquiao won the WBA (Regular) Welterweight Title from Lucas Matthysse in 2018. His last bout was a split decision win over Keith Thurman in July 2019 for the WBA (Super) Welterweight Title.
Now that boxing is back, Garcia is hoping talks can resume between him and Pacquiao. MP Promotions CEO Sean Gibbon stated he would be the one to face Pacquiao if everything goes according to plan. Now accustomed to welterweight, Garcia is ready for whatever comes his way.
“Once things get back on track, that’s a fight that I’m going to go after,” Garcia went on to say. “I think I would be ready to go into a big fight like a Manny Pacquiao fight right away. I don’t feel like there’s a need to have a tuneup fight at this point. As long as I get my 10 weeks of training that I require for my fight, I think I’ll be good to go.”