By Miguel Rivera
WBC, IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) is far more interested in a showdown with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence than a possible clash with Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs).
Last month, Pacquiao returned after a one-year layoff and stopped Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds to capture the WBA's "regular" welterweight world title.
Garcia just unified the IBF, WBC world titles at 135-pounds with a dominating win over Robert Easter, after capturing the IBF title at 140-pounds earlier this year with a lopsided win over Sergey Lipinets.
Garcia now wants a fifth world title - after capturing belts at 126, 130, 135 and 140.
Pacquiao would provide the big name and a world title (although Thurman is the WBA's recognized world champion at 147).
But Garcia more interested in Spence, who is undefeated and many view as the top fighter in the weight class.
Garcia's brother/trainer Robert Garcia, and their father, would prefer Pacquiao as the year-end opponent. Mikey is mentally focused on Spence.
"With Pacquiao, I would also like that fight. He announced that he is already free of [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum and now there is more of a possibility [to make a deal], but right now Spence is more important to me than Pacquiao," Garcia said to ESPN Deportes.
"I plan to return at the end of November, beginning of December, there is no date yet but we are going to talk about it in a couple of weeks. What I can tell you is that my team does not agree with my decision to go after the fight with Spence. My dad tells me that I should not do it, but in the end I'm making the decision and I'm going to try to get that fight."
Spence is also very interested in the fight with Garcia, and sat ringside last month at Staples Center in Los Angeles to watch the Mexcan fighter defeat Easter.