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Mikey Garcia Reacts To Arum's Money Claim on Lomachenko Bout

By Miguel Rivera

In a recent interview, Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, stated that WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) is demanding "millions of dollars" for a fight with Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs), who holds the WBO super featherweight title.

Garcia has no idea how Arum came up with that information, because he says the two of them have never discussed the financial terms, or any terms for that matter, for a Lomachenko fight.

"Bob Arum does not even know what we're asking for, because we've never sat down to discuss that issue. He always says that I ask for a lot of money, and that's why the fights have never been given to me, but that's something that can not be known - simply because he's never sat down and talked to me. We have never discussed that issue," Garcia said to ESPN Deportes.

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Garcia has serious doubts about that contest happening.

He doesn't believe Lomachenko really wants the fight. Garcia's team has pointed out in several interviews, that Lomachenko is being carefully matched, and they point to his opponent on Saturday night - Miguel Marriaga - who is a featherweight coming up to 130-pounds and the challenger is also coming off a loss.

"I warn you that I don't see him wanting to do this fight at the moment. Because they are not taking any concrete steps to arrange the fight," said Garcia.

"He's still fighting at 130 pounds. He has not [fought] at 135, which is where I would want to see him and that is the limit that I'd want for this fight, because I can't get down any lower. It's a fight that could be done this year, but at 135 pounds.

"Lomachenko's manager, Egis Klimas, has spoken with my brother, Robert Garcia. They have already started the discussions for a fight between Lomachenko and myself. I understand that the idea is to make a little noise and try to make that fight bigger. My brother and I agree on that. We accept that it can become a big attraction, a very big fight that the fans can start demanding to see."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JJRod on 08-04-2017

Arum had a long fall out with Mikey, and Arum is known to hold grudges. He won't let Mikey make a dime off him.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 08-04-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17918395]Thissssssss. Arum is one of the least effective promoters at making the fights fans wanna see. And he seems to largely do it by making a mockery of fight talks with saying the same sh^t about every fighter. He…

Comment by Butch.McRae on 08-04-2017

[QUOTE=filup79;17918716]This whole 9 fights thing is pretty amusing. The guy turned pro at 25 not 18 and is 29. Will he even fight 25 times before his career is over? So he stayed an amateur and developed his skill till…

Comment by Butch.McRae on 08-04-2017

[QUOTE=ambuu;17918416]"The dude, through the first 9 fights of his professional career rivals any fighter in HISTORY in terms of opposition difficulty level through a career's first nine fight" RIVALS is an understatement, DWARFS is more appropriate[/QUOTE] First 9 fights in…

Comment by filup79 on 08-04-2017

This whole 9 fights thing is pretty amusing. The guy turned pro at 25 not 18 and is 29. Will he even fight 25 times before his career is over? So he stayed an amateur and developed his skill till…

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