“We thought that Salido was the toughest guy out there and we think that Mikey has the potential - if he beats Salido to become a superstar - and the first step in making him a superstar is for him to have beaten a top, top guy. Now, I don't give a damn about any of these titles anymore. There's just too many of them, their interims, their everything. So that's not what we were looking for. I'm looking for him to fight the top guys. What am I going to do? Put him with this Billy Dib guy?” asked Arum of the Australian who has the IBF title in his possession. “I mean, he's a nice kid; I guess. But would you give Mikey any credit if he won the title by beating Billy Dib?”
Garcia states, “I expect him to come forward strong and try to test me early on. But I've also seen some of his fights where he's laid back a little; he waits for his opponents to come in and we're expecting him to come forward. But if he decides to wait for me a little bit, we also have practiced and trained for that.”
“We just thought that as part of the plan to make Garcia into a big attraction, we wanted to expose him in New York and Gennady Golovkin being Russian had some kind of Russian following in New York and we have this Rocky Martinez, who's a Puerto Rican guy, plus Felix Verdejo. So we get a Puerto Rican influence but it's a myth that the only ones that can sell in New York are Puerto Ricans,” explained Arum.
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