By Manouk Akopyan
Mikey Garcia may be coming off the lowest point of his career after suffering his first loss to Errol Spence Jr., but the free agent boxing star could soon hit the highest pay day of his life.
The former four-division champion has been weighing offers from the power-playing likes of Al Haymon, Bob Arum, Oscar De La Hoya and Eddie Hearn, his brother and trainer Robert Garcia told BoxingScene.com in an interview.
One in particular is from Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing, who has made a “huge” offer that is “hard to say ‘no’ to.”
“Mikey does not have a contract with anybody,” said Robert Garcia. “He’s pretty much a free agent. That’s why Matchroom has been making him offers. What Matchroom has offered is huge. It’s an offer that’s hard to say ‘no’ to.”
Before any dream fights are discussed further in detail, Garcia must first come to terms on a new promotional deal.
Garcia has been mulling offers since the last time he was in the ring in March against Spence Jr. as a 147-pound boxer. Garcia took the tall task in stepping up two divisions to face Spence Jr. and was decisioned in a one-sided match.
Unless there’s a big fight for his brother Mikey at 147 — like one with Danny Garcia — Mikey will be returning to 140 as a junior welterweight in his next fight, Robert said.
“Spence had an answer to everything Mikey tried,” Robert said. “But there’s also other fights. I would love Mikey to fight [Vasyl] Lomachenko and in the future someone like Terence Crawford. The Lomachenko fight I would like for sure, if it was up to me.”
A Garcia union with Top Rank would be a curious one considering the fighter’s tumultuous split with Arum’s promotional company, but it would put him on a clear path to fighting Lomachenko while setting him up for Crawford down the line.
Arum has bashed Garcia in tweets and interviews just in the last few months alone.
Immediately following the Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla fight in April, Arum said he was interested in making a fight with Garcia and his Ukranian pound-for-pound great despite the salty relations with the fighter he once helped promote.
“F*** bad blood. What are you nuts?” Arum said at the time. “For me as a promoter, it’s the Benjamins for Christ’s sake. It’s a big fight. It’s a fight everybody wants. I don’t have to love [Mikey]. I would take a lot of joy in Loma beating the shit out of Mikey.”
Before that, days after Garcia dropped a decision to Spence Jr., Arum tweeted “unlike Mikey Garcia, Amir Khan goes into a fight intending to win” as he attempted to promote Khan’s fight with Crawford.
A fight with Lomachenko would likely need to take place at 135, Garcia’s weight the last time he fought before Spence Jr. He was a WBC champion at the time in the division, but instead, he vacated the belt in April. The WBC bestowed "champion emeritus" status on Garcia, which means he could return to division and immediately challenge for the title. Now, Lomachenko is fighting for that same belt next month against Luke Campbell.
Garcia appears to be in an advantageous position given the influx of funds that continue to pour into the sport.
“Mikey is in a good position right now because he gets to hear everybody. He’s got quite a few options,” said Robert Garcia. “I know that when he makes the decision, it’s going to be the best one out there for him.”
Manouk Akopyan has been a member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011 and has written for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Guardian and Philadelphia Inquirer. He can reached on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at [email protected].