Mikey Garcia Aims To Be The Next "Post-Top Rank" Mega-Star

Former four division world champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is one of the few fighters who refuses to have a promoter.

Garcia has been a free agent since 2016, when he officially reached an agreement to part ways with Top Rank.

Leaving Top Rank was not easy. Garcia waged a two year legal battle, which kept him away from the ring throughout the entire process.

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Garcia took a look at some of the other fighters who left Top Rank - and watched their name value and bank accounts grow when they became free agents.

He wants to follow in their footsteps.

"We've seen other fighters' careers take off in similar situations. Like Oscar De La Hoya after he left Top Rank. Or Floyd Mayweather after he left Top Rank. Or Miguel Cotto after he left Top Rank. I'm not saying there's a pattern, but those guys all did a lot better after they left there, too," Garcia told Sports Illustrated.

Garcia well may be on his way to achieving his legacy goals.

He's currently one of the highest paid fighters in the United States - and there is a line of boxers who are willing to face him from 135 all the way to 147.

"The next few years will be the best of my career," Garcia says. "There's no other boxer who's in a position like I'm in. I want to leave my name cemented in the history of boxing."

Promoter Richard Schaefer believes Garcia has what it takes to become the next "face of boxing."

"There's a void in boxing right now for somebody to really own that top spot," Schaefer said.

"I mean, be the face of the sport. Not just in the Hispanic market, like Canelo, and not just with the hardcore boxing fans like Golovkin is. Mikey is skilled, he's undefeated (38-0), he has power (30 knockouts), he's bilingual, his family is boxing royalty…. He's the perfect guy to represent boxing moving forward."

Garcia is back tonight in a Showtime televised main event from Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he stakes his WBC lightweight crown in a high-stakes unification against IBF world champion Robert Easter. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 07-29-2018

Cotto did get the Mayweather and Canelo fights when he was working with GBP and RNS, but Top Rank made him a star and the best parts of his career happened with Top Rank (Judah, Mosley, Margarito fights, Martinez).

Comment by marikudo on 07-29-2018

He should defeat canelo to be The Mexican People's Champ.

Comment by Carlos c on 07-28-2018

Micky has it all and he is destined to achieve what he is honing on. He knows that it won't be easy but his mindset will get him there

Comment by BestPR on 07-28-2018

[LIST] [/LIST][QUOTE=komandante;18972656]Mickey has a good character very humble and got a lot of respect. :boxing: :usa2:[/QUOTE] ...that's why we respect him in PR..

Comment by Greenfield02 on 07-28-2018

Mikey needs to stop fighting under the Haymon banner. They are horrible in creating stars. If Spence, Thurman and others were under someone else, they would be further along in becoming PPV names.

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