Mikey Garcia appeared to have been steadfast in his pursuit of a serious title at 147 kilos, which might make him a five-division champion. However, the smallish welterweight is open to combating for an additional belt at 140.
That would imply a gathering with undisputed junior welterweight titleholder Josh Taylor, assuming he stays champion.
Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) is scheduled to face Sando Martin (38-2, 13 KOs) at a catch weight of 145 on Saturday in Fresno, California (DAZN), his first battle in nearly 600 days.
“If there’s a good fight at 147, with a big name or a belt, I’d love that,” stated Garcia, who was shut out by welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr. in March 2019. “I believe I’m higher constructed and extra developed for welterweight now than I used to be the primary time round.
“I don’t see myself at light-weight ever once more, however I can see 140. There are some superb names on the weight. Josh Taylor is a superb champion. And if a few of the guys at 135 look to maneuver up, there’s so many huge fights at 140.
“I just have to keep winning. Victory on Saturday and then getting another win against someone like Regis [Prograis], I think that should create enough attention to land a fight with Taylor. He’s the undisputed champion, and that’s the biggest fight that I could engage in at the weight of course.”
The Los Angeles-area product appeared to be main candidate to face Manny Pacquiao however that battle didn’t materialize. He then moved onto talks with Prograis, who has talked about transferring up from 140 to 147. However, these talks additionally fizzled.
Garcia is coming off a convincing choice over Jessie Vargas at 147 in February of final yr, though the winner weighed in at 145¾ — the heaviest of his profession.
“I wanted to stay at 147 to look at fighting for a world welterweight title,” he stated. “We had mentioned the Prograis battle at welterweight as he was contemplating transferring as much as 147. And on Saturday we have been trying to have the battle at 147, however Sandor has been at 140 so we agreed on a 145 catchweight, which I’m not thrilled about however it’s OK.
“I’ve by no means stepped on the scales at 147, I’ve been 144 or 145, so it’s the identical to me. I need to have each choices out there. If there’s an opportunity to battle for a belt at welterweight, I’m prepared, however 140 is a extra ultimate weight for me at my dimension and physique construction, it’s a extra comfy weight for me.
“I perceive the boxing enterprise, so I used to be dissatisfied the Regis battle didn’t occur, however we transfer on. I hope that we will make that battle occur quickly. If issues go effectively on Saturday and I win with none accidents or cuts, I’d need to pursue that battle right away.
“That is a fight I want, the fans and media want it, but the scheduling and the promotional time needed to build a fight like that just wasn’t there.”