Despite fighting at 140 pounds for his next outing, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia is still chasing a unification at the lower limit.
Consistently linked to a clash with WBA ruler Jorge Linares, Garcia has the chance to become a four-weight ruler on March 10 against Sergey Lipinents at super-lightweight but victory doesn’t necessarily mean his time at lightweight is over.
“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 cleared up when asked by media at a recent press obligation.
“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,” he added.
Promoter Richard Schaefer weighed in with some potential plans for Garcia beyond March 10.
“First of all, to have a fighter who can be dominant or who is dominant in two weight classes, once he moves in 147, I have no doubt that he will dominant there as well,” he predicted.
“That is what somebody who is pound for pound on the top of the list (does).
“If the Linares and Lomachenko fights don’t happen, there are other options at 135 for Mikey, such as Robert Easter.
“So, he has a lot of options at 135, he has a lot of options at 140 as well, including potentially the winner of the other fight which is going to be the co-main (Rances Barthelemy v Kiryl Relikh).
“First things first, and I think this is exactly dangerous when you start overlooking opponents because – and I had that same conversation with Mikey not to overlook Sergey and I know he doesn’t.
“We may have that same conversation about Sergey then, after the final bell on March the 10th. So, I think there are definitely, for both fighters, big options out there,” added Schaefer.