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Robert Garcia: Pacquiao Fight Only One We Want For Mikey At Welterweight

Mikey Garcia performed much better in his second welterweight fight than in his debut at the 147-pound limit.

Almost a year after Errol Spence Jr. dominated him in their 12-round IBF title fight, Garcia dropped former WBO champ Jessie Vargas in the fifth round and beat him by unanimous decision in another 12-rounder. Garcia’s success against Vargas on February 29 in Frisco, Texas, encouraged Garcia to continue competing at welterweight.

Robert Garcia, Mikey’s older brother and trainer, thinks there is only one remaining welterweight fight that is right for him, though. If Eddie Hearn or another promoter can put together a lucrative showdown with Manny Pacquiao, Robert Garcia would welcome it.

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Robert Garcia discussed a potential Pacquiao-Mikey Garcia fight during a “From The Corner” interview DAZN’s Chris Mannix conducted recently with Garcia and fellow trainers Freddie Roach and Andre Rozier.

“Well look, being Mikey’s brother and trainer, you know, with my dad, with my son, we all agree that that’s the only fight that we would really want Mikey to do at welterweight,” Robert Garcia said. “You know, he wants to have another welterweight fight and he wants to get a title. And I think Manny is the biggest fight out there for Mikey, but it’s also the one that matches better for Mikey because Pacquiao is not as big as all the other welterweights. Pacquiao was a flyweight at one time.

“You know, even though his body has developed into a solid welterweight, but he’s not as big, he’s not as tall. You know, very dangerous, very fast, very strong, but that’s probably the only fight that we’re OK with at welterweight. Even though I still think it’s a very dangerous fight, I think that’s the only one that we could probably agree to with my father and everybody around our team. That’s the only one that we would want for Mikey at welterweight.”

Hearn was trying to find financing to bring a Pacquiao-Garcia fight to Saudi Arabia sometime this summer in the immediate aftermath of Garcia’s victory over Vargas at the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility, Ford Center at The Star. Opposing the Philippines’ Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) would not only secure Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) another big payday, it’d offer the Oxnard, California, native an opportunity against the WBA welterweight champion to win a title in a fifth division.

“I love the fight,” Roach said. “It’s a very good fight.” 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Ca$ual Fan on 05-31-2020

Spence’s son trying to make his dad proud of him

Comment by daggum on 05-31-2020

mikey has never lifted a weight in his life. pick up that 5 pound dumbelll lad...if you can

Comment by Dempsey19 on 05-31-2020

Obviously they want to fight Manny, who wouldn’t that payday ?

Comment by Topdogggbm on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=Chuckguy;20582280]Trying to be great would be cleaning out at least one division. He has loma waiting at 135. He is cashing out because he can’t beat the upper level WW. Mikey is NOT a WW. He looks slow fat and…

Comment by Damn Wicked on 05-28-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20569010]I already spoke on this, here: [B][url][/url][/B] And then [MENTION=12975354]mike1010011[/MENTION]'s response which basically validates I wasn't going crazy with what I was watching:[/QUOTE] I thought Vargas deserved the decision in that fight too.

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