By Brad Slotnick: Mikey Garcia says he would probably be taken with a struggle with Regis Prograis if it had been provided to him in a structured approach that made sense. That might be a troublesome struggle for Mikey, and there’s a very good likelihood that Prograis (26-1, 22 KOs) would beat him.
Followers want to see Mikey struggle the previous WBA gentle welterweight champion Prograis (26-1, 22 KOs) as a result of neither has something scheduled.
Mikey, 33, hasn’t fought in 16 months since his win over Jessie Vargas in February 2020, and he doesn’t have something scheduled. There’s a very good likelihood that we would not see Mikey struggle in any respect in 2020.
Mikey’s inactivity is making him irrelevant to the favored fighters, who’re staying lively. Within the yr and a half that Mikey has been out of the ring, he may have fought three to 4 instances throughout that point span.
Even when Mikey weren’t getting a monstrous payday every time, these fights would add up, and he’d be higher off than sitting inactive, specializing in his automobile passion.
Mikey’s downside is he seems to be chasing massive payday fights in opposition to guys like Manny Pacquiao, however he’s failing to remain lively.
Mikey is ready for the proper struggle that comes alongside that checks all of the bins, nevertheless it’s not taking place. What’s compounding the issue is Mikey’s inactivity.
He’s not displaying curiosity to say busy preventing 140 and 147-pounders to stay a viable choice for the large names.
Mikey sounds lukewarm about preventing Prograis
“I’ve had conversations the place his title got here up in previous conversations the place they proposed a attainable struggle and requested, ‘Would that be of curiosity to you?’” stated Mikey Garcia to Fighthype about him preventing Regis Prograis.
“My reply has all the time been, ‘Sure, I’m taken with anyone that’s accessible for the time-frame that I wish to get again within the ring. That’s all that we’ve had so far as having a dialog [about a fight with Prograis].
“I do know he was on the telephone with my brother, however I didn’t know what they had been speaking about. I didn’t watch it. Robert didn’t inform me.
“He’s a cool dude, I bumped into him a few instances, however we by no means had something in opposition to one another to love, ‘I wish to struggle you.’ Nothing like that, but when the struggle is definitely proposed and structured and it is smart, and it’s a very good deal for each folks, positive, I’m taken with preventing anyone that’s accessible,” stated Mikey.
It’s too dangerous Mikey doesn’t appear enthusiastic about preventing Prograis as a result of it appears to be like like he’s received no different choices.
If Mikey sitting round hoping Manny Pacquiao will look his approach, he’s kidding himself.
Pacquiao clearly has observed that Mikey has been sitting idle for a protracted time frame, and he’s not going to wish to struggle him if he thinks that the followers gained’t have an interest.
Mikey was by no means an enormous star as a result of he fought within the decrease weight lessons, and he was out of the ring for nearly three years throughout his promotional points with Prime Rank.
Now, Mikey is derailing his profession once more by not preventing. This is perhaps it for him. He’s not like Mike Tyson or Oscar De La Hoya, who can sit out of the ring for 12 years and are available again to make enormous cash.
Garcia guidelines out Teofimo Lopez, and Danny Garcia fights
“So long as they’re working with Prime Rank, that’s type of a roadblock due to my relationship with them,” stated Mikey when requested if he’d be taken with preventing Teofimo Lopez.
“That complicates issues. Positive, I’d wish to take a struggle like that; I believe that might be an incredible struggle. However anyone that’s accessible for the timeframe that we wish, f*** yeah. 40 or 47 for the proper opponent.
“He introduced not too way back that he’ll be preventing at 154,” stated Mikey Garcia when requested if he’d wish to struggle Danny Garcia. “Individuals don’t know what goes into securing a struggle. Individuals assume it’s simpler. It’s not that straightforward,” stated Mikey.
It might be good if Mikey a minimum of tried to check the waters by contacting Prime Rank to see in the event that they’d be taken with making a struggle between him and Teofimo.