Trainer Robert Garcia shared in December that his brother and former four-division champion Mikey Garcia was contemplating ending his brief retirement.
One month later, the coach is couching his comments and clarifying the matter, indicating that Mikey is indeed staying on the sidelines.
“Mikey is not coming back,” Robert told IZQUIERDAZO. “He took the decision of not fighting anymore, and that is not going to change."
“I know my brother very well, and we have joked about that. There have been stories that he is thinking about returning to boxing, but there are just jokes that we have told to each other."
“He has no plans of coming back. He is enjoying life, taking care of his son, who is 7 years old and is training, he takes him to the gym. We have released videos with Mikey saying that he is looking to come back, but that’s not true. He is taking his son to train, he is doing a lot of things, running his business. He is doing well, and in reality, there is no plan for him to come back to boxing.”
In June, the 35-year-old Garcia (40-2, 30 KOs) quietly retired.
He ended his 15-year career losing two out his last three fights against Errol Spence Jr. in 2019 and Sandor Martin in 2021. The massive upset loss to Martin was the last fight of Garcia’s career.
Garcia beat the likes of Adrien Broner, Sergey Lipinets, Robert Easter Jr., Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, and Orlando Salido throughout his career.
Last month, Robert said the following in regard to his brother’s possible return to the sport: “He’s thinking about it. He’s actually thinking about it. He’s been back in the gym the past couple of weeks.”
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