By Elisinio Castillo
Former two division world champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) has no excuses about his fourth round stoppage loss to Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The fight was stopped in the fourth after Lopez was down for the second time in the fight.
The Puerto Rican fighter plans to return even stronger, and won't even use Garcia's weight advantage as an excuse for the loss. Garcia weighed two pounds over the featherweight limit on Friday, and as a result he lost his WBO title. Rather than kill his body by squeezing down to 126, he paid Juanma a six figure sum.
"I could not get him early with the right. I saw that he was fresh and hungry, so I did not go after the knockout. I decided to wait for a few more rounds to pass. There are no excuses. He was better tonight. I did not expect him to use the left so well. We prepared for his right, but his left hook got me good. There is no excuse regarding the weight or anything. I felt good and I felt strong. The first time I was hit and went down - I was not hurt. The second time I opened my eyes and I was on the floor," Juanma told Tiempo Deportes.