Mikey Garcia is the unified lightweight champion. But he isn’t planning on staying there long.
After Saturday night’s victory in Los Angeles, Garcia reiterated the message he’s been sharing in the week leading up to this fight. A plan, to once again move up in weight, to challenge Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF welterweight championship title.
For the fight to become a reality, Garcia who would need to gain 12 pounds to compete at the welterweight limit (147 pounds), after moving down (135 pounds) to challenge Easter following a win at super lightweight (140 pounds) in March of this year over Sergey Lipinets.
Trainer Robert Garcia is remaining firm in his position that Mikey should remain at lightweight, negotiate a second unification title again WBA champion Vasyl Lomachenko to further establish supremacy at 135 pounds, but those pleas appear to be falling on deaf ears.
Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Garcia explains how he is essentially chasing greatness and to further establish his legacy he must go through Errol Spence Jr.
I’m trying to get the best fighter, the dangerous man at welterweight.
There’s no other fighter out there doing it like me.
Spence, who was ringside to see Garcia in action, posted earlier this week on Instagram that he wanted ‘all the smoke’ from Garcia then doubled down as he made his way out of the arena on Saturday.
With both fighters advised by Al Haymon, and their shared desire to make it official, the only thing missing is space and opportunity.
Flip the page to watch Mikey Garcia resume his call out of Errol Spence at the press conference following his victory over Robert Easter, and explain why he wants the Spence fight specifically and when it can happen.