Expect Mikey Garcia to remain in the welterweight division for the foreseeable future.
Garcia suffered his first professional defeat when he moved up to 147 pounds to challenge Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF welterweight title last year. The four-weight champion would since rebound by outpointing Jessie Vargas in February.
And the plan seems to be staying at welterweight as Garcia is keeping an eye on the upcoming Spence vs. Danny Garcia fight taking place on December 5.
“I think it’s very interesting and it’s gonna answer a lot of questions,” Garcia told Fight Hub TV (via Bad Left Hook). “One of the biggest questions people have, including myself, is if Errol Spence is 100% after his accident a year ago. If he is 100% then I think Errol will win the fight. I think he will beat Danny by decision, but I think it’ll be a good fight.
“Danny’s no pushover either. Danny’s a world class fighter so I expect it to be a good fight, but I think everybody wants to see how Errol is after the accident and a year layoff.”
As for fighting the winner of that fight, Garcia isn’t sure as he has no plans for now. What he is sure of is wanting to face the very best the welterweight division has to offer.
“We have no plans right now so I don’t know. I kinda want to wait to see what happens next year,” Garcia added. “I’m willing to fight anybody, of course. I’m willing to fight anybody there, whether that be Danny or Shawn Porter or Keith Thurman, if that could lead to a fight with Manny Pacquiao or a rematch with Errol Spence. I’m all for that.
“But I gotta wait and see. I can’t clamor and ask for a specific fight if boxing still has a lot of uncertainties.”
While many observers feel Garcia is small for the welterweight elite, the 32-year-old will remain at 147 pounds for now. That’s despite junior welterweight being his ideal weight by his own admission.
However, there are other factors at play.
“I think 147 is how I’ma be right now,” Garcia said. “My most comfortable weight, however, would be lighter, 140. But if you follow boxing, and I don’t mean to be a dick but, do you think I’ma get a title fight at 140 when both fighters are with Top Rank, one of them being Jose Ramirez, a friend of mine? Probably not.
“So what am I gonna do at 140? I probably won’t land a title fight. So that’s why I’m campaigning at 147, or that’s why I decided to stay at 147. I think there’s big fights at 147 regardless of a title at stake or not. We just mentioned Danny, Keith, Shawn Porter, possibly Manny or Spence rematch. There’s some big fights.”
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