Mikey Garcia may not have a concrete idea of who will be his next opponent, when will his next fight be or even what weight class will he compete in, but he is open to facing Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Garcia, the four-division world champion, was present for Top Rank's last ESPN card in Temecula, California and was interviewed by ESPN in his future. Garcia said he is still weighing all of his options and has not committed to anything as far as what his next fight entails. Originally, there were prior reports indicating that Garcia was heading for a potential fight against Danny Garcia at welterweight, but no official announcement ever came.
"We still don't have anything lined up for me. I'm still looking at the options. I still haven't decided whether I'll stay 147 or move down to 140. I still want to see what's available and I hope that in the near future, I'll find out more about my future. I do look forward to coming back by the end of the year," Garcia said.
The 31-year-old Garcia is coming off a loss to IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. back in March and then later vacated his WBC lightweight title. At the time, that seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for a potential superfight between Garcia and Lomachenko. While Garcia seemed interested in staying at either junior welterweight or welterweight, Lomachenko is on a journey to becoming the undisputed lightweight champion and is facing Luke Campbell later this year with the WBC belt on the line.
Garcia did not rule out going back down to lightweight, but given the muscle mass he had to build for his fight against Spence, he believes it is impossible for him to immediately return to lightweight. A return to lightweight would mean starting out again at junior welterweight and working his way back down to 135 pounds. As far as a fight against Lomachenko is concerned, Garcia said he would be open to one at 140 pounds.
"If we come down to 140, I'm available for that. But right now, we're looking at Jose Ramirez who is fighting [Maurice] Hooker [in a 140-pound title unification]. I've heard that Vasiliy might jump up. There's a lot of options going on, a lot of names. I personally would take on anybody that's available. If Loma wants to move up, I'm sure we can do something at 140. There's so much more talent out there with all the new champions that are young and hungry, we're willing to fight anybody and that's what the fans want to see," Garcia said.
The interview can be seen in the video at the top of the page.