Robert Garcia Doesn't Want Mikey Garcia Fighting Higher Than 140

By Keith Idec

Robert Garcia eventually warmed up to his younger brother’s ambitious idea to move up two more weight classes to challenge Miguel Cotto.

Mikey Garcia’s trainer even envisioned the WBC lightweight champion stopping Puerto Rico’s Cotto, who wound up losing to huge underdog Sadam Ali in a farewell fight December 2 that was first offered to Garcia. Apart from fighting Cotto at 154 pounds, though, Robert Garcia doesn’t want Mikey Garcia to move up any higher than he already has for fights.

Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) will participate in his second straight bout at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds when he challenges IBF champion Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) on February 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio (Showtime). Garcia won his 140-pound debut in his last appearance, a thorough 12-round, unanimous-decision victory over former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC) on July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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If Mikey Garcia gets past Lipinets, too, Robert Garcia would prefer for him to either remain at 140 pounds or move back down to the lightweight limit of 135 for title unification fights against either WBA champion Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) or IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. (20-0, 14 KOs). Mikey Garcia’s ambition doesn’t worry his older brother/trainer, but Robert Garcia wants him to make smart decisions regarding the weights at which the three-division champion competes.

“I don’t get nervous because I’ve been in this for many years,” Robert Garcia told recently. “Me, as a former champion, we know the way fighters think and we’ll fight anybody. But I think it’ll stop here, at least in jumping weight divisions. I think it stops at 140. Mikey should take his time now, if everything goes well, because Lipinets is not an easy fight.

“So we can’t say we already won the fight, because it’s not gonna be easy. But it is a great challenge and it’s a winnable fight for Mikey. So if everything goes well – 135, 140, I have no problem. But, you know, taking any challenges anywhere higher than that, then I would probably be a little more concerned and a little more nervous.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gigantes on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;18525931]I feel like Mikey is sort of lost and confused right now. He's all over the place. Wants Spence at 147, no Loma until four years from now, might sign with Dana White, but wouldn't sign with GBP for Cotto…

Comment by Boxing42 on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=Tha Kid;18525896]Then what's your f*cking point you stupid idiot. It's boxing...of course he's going to get hit. Every boxer does...dumb mf LOL[/QUOTE] A guy that gets hit unnecessarily won't last that long. Not too hard to understand but I would…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18526115]He'll end up a bit of a disappointment IMO. I expect bouts of inactivity, underwhelming opponents and never really becoming a big draw and then an unexpected loss somewhere down the line. I don't expect any super fights or pound…

Comment by chrisJS on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;18526043]I see a lot of blown potential with Mikey. He initially frustrated me with his weight bullying. But now he is all over the place and has no clearly defined goals outside of trying to earn higher paydays. He is…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 02-28-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18525987]I missed him when he was inactive but I'll be honest I miss him as an inactive fighter and wish he'd go back to being out of the game. I gave him a pass for demanding Gamboa and claiming he…

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