Boxing Scene - 8/30/2018 - By Miguel Rivera
Robert Garcia, the head trainer and older brother of IBF, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs), would love to see his brother in a unification with WBA champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Mikey is hoping to move up by two weight division, to the welterweight limit of 147-pounds, to challenge IBF world champion Errol Spence.
Mikey has captured world titles at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight.
But Robert would rather see his brother take on other opponents - with Lomachenko being at the top of that list.
The fight Lomachenko is very difficult to make, because the two-time Olympic gold medal winner fights exclusively on ESPN - while Mikey is aligned with Showtime. Regardless of the money involved, Lomachenko is not fighting on a network outside of ESPN.
And the fight that Mikey likes is a clash with current WBA "regular" welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
There have been some discussions with Pacquiao's team, and the fight could be a lot easier to make since the Filipino star is promotional free agent and not tied to any network.
Robert does admit that a clash with Spence is the easiest to make of the three. Spence fights on Showtime - and both he and Garcia have a working relationship with powerful adviser Al Haymon.
"I would like Lomachenko first, it's a very big fight, he's regarded as one of the best in the world, very smart, fast, calculating and difficult and it was a good challenge for Mikey in Lightweight, that was the ideal fight for me," Robert Garcia told ESPN Deportes.
"After that, it's Manny Pacquiao. There are possibilities of that fight right now, now that he's free of his contract. And then there is Spence, but I think the easiest fight to do is with Spence... the two work with Al Haymon, they have the support of Showtime and it's probably the one we will see."