As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Mikey Garcia wants to fight Manny Pacquiao after a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas in Texas on Saturday.
Garcia was awarded the bout 116-111, 116-111 and 114-113 after controlling the second half of the fight – for the WBC diamond welterweight title – at the Ford Center at The Star.
Garcia, back at welterweight after the first loss of his professional career against Errol Spence Jr. last year, knocked down Vargas in the fifth round.
“I got a little confident. In the fourth I thought I hurt Mikey. I lightened up but Mikey fought a great fight. I give him credit and don’t take anything from it. It was a learning experience for me, entertaining fight for the fans in Frisco," Vargas said.
"I’d like a rematch, but it think it was close. The knockdown made a difference. I was overconfident with his power, he has a good pop. I didn’t follow guidelines exactly but that’s on me. I’m a little down cause I didn’t get the victory.
“No complaints, we will talk to my team. We will see what’s next, but I would like to a rematch. I think he’s a good fighter, he performed well today. I underestimated his power. He could matchup with the top welterweights. I fought my heart out, felt like it was closer than the judges scored it. Like I said, I’d like a rematch.”
Garcia is eyeing either a bout with Pacquiao or a rematch with Spence, who holds the WBC and IBF welterweight titles.
Pacquiao, 41, last fought in July last year, beating Keith Thurman to claim the WBC welterweight title.