Mikey Garcia: ‘I want to come to 135 and even unify the titles’

WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia is one of the top fighters at 135. After beating Adrien Broner last summer, Garcia has proven that he one of the best at 140, too.

However, Garcia, who will battle IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets on March 10 in San Antonio, feels he still has some unfinished business at 135:

‘No, I am not done at 135 and unless you guys just don’t, include the entire quote, when I do mention, moving up to 147, I always mention that I do want to come back to 135 after this fight with Lipinets,” Garcia said during a conference call on Monday. “I want to come down to 135 and even unify the titles there before officially leaving the division.

“But the plan is to fight this fight first, take care of business on the 10th, then I will look at my options. But I do want to do a unification match at a lightweight. Then eventually, make my way up to 147. Maybe even by the end of this year, I’ll set it, maybe by the end of this year. If not, then next year for sure. That’s a rich division with huge names, huge fights, that I want to be part of.”

Recently, Garcia turned down an opportunity to fight WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares. Maybe that fight could be revisited at some point.

Also, Garcia is with Al Haymon, so he has a lot of options at 147 if he decides to go up in weight.

Should be interesting to see what Garcia does moving forward.

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