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Golden Boy Prez Would Still Entertain Mikey Garcia-Jorge Linares

By Steve Kim

Despite two unsuccessful attempts recently to make fights with Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), if the reigning WBC lightweight champion called Golden Boy Promotions again - they would answer his call.

"Yes, yes, yes, because look I've been able to get fights done by being persistent," said Golden Boy President Eric Gomez, during his in-studio appearance on 'the 3 Knockdown Rule' podcast with Mario Lopez.

Gomez had recently engaged in extensive talks with Garcia about a bout with Miguel Cotto and then Jorge Linares.

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"You can't just give up and I'm committed - as Oscar (De La Hoya, the founder of Golden Boy) said - the company is committed in making great fights. So I don't like to close doors because sooner or later you might need someone to help you," continued Gomez.

Gomez wanted to secure Garcia as the opponent for Cotto's career finale on December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

But, Garcia balked at the Cotto offer, not wanting to sign a multi-fight deal with Golden Boy. Cotto will now defend his WBO junior middleweight champion against Sadam Ali, who moves up to 154-pounds to take the opportunity.

Then after being offered a one-fight deal with no future options to unify his lightweight belt against Linares, he decided to go in another direction. Garcia will most likely return in late January on Showtime - with IBF champion Robert Easter being discussed as the opponent. Linares, who holds the WBA title, is expected to return to the ring in the first quarter of 2018.

"So look," said Gomez, not dismissing the possibility of the two meeting later on the next year. "No problem, if (Garcia) still wants to do the fight and Linares is available and there's no other big offer that came about - then we'll look into it.''

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18215165]what makes you think mikey really wanted to fight cotto?[/QUOTE] What makes you think he didn't?

Comment by landotter on 11-16-2017

I don't think anyone doubts that that fight will happen. Garcia isn't going to duck them, but at the same time he is kind of the top draw at 130 lb. He's a good fighter that really needs to be…

Comment by filup79 on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18215168]mikey aint under GB, so why would they make a fight with him and give him the bigger share? bidness remember.[/QUOTE] Exactly business. that's why Mikey took the better offer that payed him more to fight Easter. The fight will…

Comment by WesternChamp on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=filup79;18215162]Fight didn't get done because even though you weren't asking for options, y[B]ou wanted a 50/50 split when Linares is not a draw[/B]. Linares last fight had around 2k people at the Forum and was paid 250k. Everyone knows that…

Comment by WesternChamp on 11-16-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18214805]They should have given Mikey a fair deal to fight Cotto. That would have been an attractive matchup plus Cotto would have a size advantage. Instead they are doing Cotto vs Ali which is generating zero buzz.[/QUOTE] what makes you…

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