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Arum: Mikey Garcia One Of 10 Best Pound-For-Pound

By Keith Idec

One fight into his stop at junior lightweight, Mikey Garcia already is commonly considered one of the world’s two best boxers at 130 pounds.

Garcia’s promoter feels his accomplishments warrant even more recognition than that.

“I really believe he’s a top 10 pound-for-pounder right now,” Bob Arum said, “and I believe that, long-term, Mikey will challenge [for], if not be universally accepted as, the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.”

The 26-year-old Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs), of Oxnard Calif., is scheduled to make the first defense of his WBO junior lightweight title against Mexico’s Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs) on Jan. 25 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden (HBO). The former featherweight champion aspires to add titles at lightweight and junior welterweight to his resume and eventually would like to challenge Manny Pacquiao.

Those all are attainable goals, according to Arum.

“I think he’s a complete fighter,” Arum said. “He has great technique. He has a very, very good defense, and he is a very powerful puncher. And when he throws his punches, it’s with great intent. In other words, he doesn’t waste a lot of punches. He measures his opponent and then throws his punches accordingly, with a lot of power. So he’s a complete fighter, and he’s getting better.”

The humble Garcia appreciates Arum’s praise, but he isn’t consumed with whether he makes mythical pound-for-pound lists.

“I’m just starting as a world champion,” Garcia said. “I’ve still got more fights and more to prove. I had some really good victories last year and I got to display my skills to the fans. But everybody has their opinion and I just do my job. I’m not paying much attention to things like ratings and top 10 and pound-for-pound lists and things like that. I’m just doing my job one fight at a time.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by walrusthewill on 01-16-2014

Not yet, a nice 2014 and hes well in it though

Comment by Tay Roc on 01-16-2014

Mikey is top 10 imo. Based on talent and skill and performance. Notwithstanding his flash kd, he's been dominant. Sucks his weight division is hot garbage (and japanese unlikely to step up).

Comment by mex602 on 01-16-2014

when gamboa struggled with that filipino fishermen who dropped him and looked average against that Colombian goat herder I realized it aint the same gamboa from 2010/2011 If mikey beats him it really does nothing..people will say he is washed…

Comment by CTC JOHNNY on 01-16-2014

Bob Aurm is talking Bull $.Hi.t !!

Comment by lopez36 on 01-16-2014

[QUOTE=dankitydank;14139964]Mikey vs. Broner at 135[/QUOTE] broner will never again fight at 135,he just looks too big already,i think he can make 140 but not lightweight

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