By Radio Rahim
Three division world champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) says the welterweight division is certainly in his future.
Garcia is back on March 10th, when he goes for his fourth divisional title in a showdown with undefeated junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets.
Provided he wins, one fight that Garcia wants to do before heading up in weight is a unification with WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares.
Garcia is still technically the WBC's world champion at 135-pounds - although he hasn't fought at the weight limit since January of 2017.
He admits that a move to the welterweight division could happen as early as the end of this year.
And Garcia has no problem with facing one of the most avoided boxers in any weight class, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence (23-0, 20 KOs).
In fact, Garcia is so serious about taking that fight - he states that he would rather secure shot at Spence over a fight with Vasyl Lomachenko - if both options were on table for him.
And, he's certainly eager to face WBC, WBA champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs).
"I would rather fight Spence [if both he and Lomachenko were on the table]. Its a bigger challenge, a bigger weight class. People may not take me serious, but I'm coming to welterweight later. That's going to happen. Whether it's at the end of this year or next year - I'm coming," Garcia told BoxingScene.com.
"I have to get done with these fights first at lightweight and super lightweight. But Ill be at welterweight soon, and if the opponent is offered and presented - I might be there even sooner. I would love the opportunity to fight Thurman or Spence. If you are going to challenge for a championship, you may as well do it against the best fighter.
"I don't want to take easy fights. I want something that's excites me, that motivates me. A title and a big name motivates me. And if its Spence or Thurman, those are the biggest names at welterweight."