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#pounditSaturday, July 31, 2021

Mikey Garcia wants to continue at welterweight, eyeing Manny Pacquiao fight

After scoring his first career victory at welterweight, Mikey Garcia has some high hopes for his next fight.

The former four-division world champ defeated Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision on Saturday at 147 pounds. Garcia scored a knockdown in the fifth round and landed the better, cleaner shots for much of the night.

After the bout, Garcia said that he wanted to continue at 147 and mentioned Manny Pacquiao or a rematch with Errol Spence Jr, who dealt him his first career loss in March of last year, as potential options for his next fight.

The 32-year-old Garcia began his career at featherweight and was fighting at lightweight as recently as 2018. He has always looked most comfortable at the 135-140 range, but Saturday’s win at welterweight clearly emboldened him. Pacquiao, meanwhile, has other, grander possibilities in play at the moment, but a bout against Garcia would make for a very compelling clash of styles.


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