By Miguel Rivera
Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is quickly finding out the consequences of holding world titles in multiple weight divisions.
This past Saturday night in Texas, Garcia became the IBF junior welterweight champion with a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Lipinets at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.
Garcia is still the WBC world champion at the lightweight limit of 135-pounds.
But now Garcia must decide on whether or not he intends to stay at junior welterweight or move back to lightweight.
On Monday, the IBF gave Garcia a deadline of March 22 to make a decision on their world title.
If he plans to keep the IBF belt, the sanctioning body has already advised him that he needs to make mandatory defense against Ivan Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs), who won an eliminator last Friday with TKO win over late replacement Petr Petrov in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Garcia, upon making a decision to remain as IBF champ, would have 30 days to reach an agreement with Baranchyk before a purse bid is called.
At lightweight, Garcia also has a mandatory order hanging over his head.
The WBC ordered Garcia to fight Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), who also has the WBA's version of the world title.
But Linares is in serious talks to defense his belt against Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Another option for Garcia would be a unification with IBF champion Robert Easter (21-0, 14 KOs), who is also very interested in that match.
Easter would need to apply for an exception to get that fight, as he was ordered on Monday to make a mandatory defense against Richard Commey, who last Saturday - as part of the Garcia-Lipinets card - knocked out Alejandro Luna in a final eliminator. Easter defeated Commey in a highly competitive fight two years ago to capture the IBF belt.