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Q&A: M. Garcia fights for Mexican fans, American-style
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Undefeated featherweight contender Mikey Garcia has a fan base that spans the border between the U.S. and Mexico, plus the skills and pedigree that he believes will soon make him a world champion.
To some, unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel "Mikey" Garcia may come off as a contradiction.
Trained by his father, Mexican-born Eduardo Garcia, and his older brother, ex-titleholder Robert Garcia, the 24-year-old Oxnard, Calif., resident longs for the popularity and fan base of Mexican fighters such as WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
But Garcia himself is American. While Alvarez and Chavez Jr. require translators during interviews, Garcia (28-0, 24 knockouts) is bilingual and speaks English perfectly well.
In addition, Garcia lists WBC welterweight titlewinner and defensive wizard Floyd Mayweatther Jr. as his favorite boxer, and eschews what he calls the traditional Mexican "brawler" or "close quarters" style for a more comprehensive, cerebral approach which employs his defensive skills, power and range -- he stands nearly 5-foot-9 -- to their full collective potential.
So who is Mikey Garcia?
The win over Concepcion was the 12th stoppage win in Garcia's past 13 fights, and he'd love to continue that trend in a way that would endear him to Mexican fans, against the likes of Salido, Lopez, WBC beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez or WBA counterpart Celestino Caballero.
Garcia spoke to RingTV.com about his career aspirations in this Q&A.
RingTV.com: So I understand that your favorite fighter is Floyd Mayweather?