Mikey Garcia formally announces his return on July 30 at Barclays Center
Former two-division titleholder Mikey Garcia announced on Saturday he will return on July 30 as the co-feature to Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton at Barclays Center on Showtime, confirming what RingTV.com reported was on its way to happening earlier in the week.
Appearing at a small press conference at Barclays Center on Saturday, Garcia (34-0, 28 knockouts) said he would return against former titleholder Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) on July 30 in his first fight since Jan. 25 of 2014 after a long legal battle with former promoter Top Rank. Garcia intends to come back at a catch-weight between 135-140 and eventually make a run at a lightweight title before campaigning at junior welterweight in the future.
“This is very exciting,” Garcia told RingTV.com. “I finally have a date to look forward to. I don’t have to be waiting and guessing and pretending and promising false dates. I have an exact date. It’s what I really wanted.”
Garcia, 28, wants to fight three times if possible in 2016 to “make up for lost time.” Even though his fight on July 30 was worked out by promoter Lou DiBella and Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza, Garcia said he hasn’t signed with a promoter or a network yet. Garcia has had discussions with Floyd Mayweather Jr. of Mayweather Promotions and manager Al Haymon but has yet to sign pen to paper. The way he talked, however, it sounded as if he will soon be joining the Showtime family.
“Stephen and I have talked in the past,” Garcia said of the Showtime boxing boss. “He really wants me to be part of the Showtime network and Al has a lot of fighters I would love to fight and I won’t have access to his fighters if I don’t do business with him. Floyd has been very excited, also.”
Garcia said that Mayweather has discussed signing a short-term deal with him. “He’s been trying to push to maybe get something going with him, and we’ve been talking closely about the ways we can work and how we can arrange something,” Garcia said of Mayweather. “Floyd proposed maybe a short-time trial opportunity to work with him. Al also proposed his idea of what he can do for me and having Stephen as a network, I think great things are about to happen. I just want to make sure that whatever I choose to is going to be best for me for my career.”