Lem Satterfield

Q&A: M. Garcia fights for Mexican fans, American-style

RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on the featherweight division?

MG: Well, I think that right now it’s my perfect time to come up and to shine in the division and to show the world and everybody what I’m made of and what I have.

To show everybody that I’m capable of being mentioned with the world champions and of being a title challenger hopefully in my next fight. We’ve waited for over a year now, and we’ve been trying to get into a world title fight.

I understand that it’s been the business of boxing and so I’m not saying that it was a bad thing or that I’m missing my time. Or that my time is passing by without having fought for a world title.

I understand it, but I think that it’s the perfect time for me. You have Yuriorkis Gamboa moving up in weight. Juan Manuel Lopez just lost another fight to Orlando Salido. That puts me near the top of the division right now.

I believe that I am the best featherweight in the division, I just haven’t gotten that opportunity or that chance to prove it.alt

RingTV.com: Do you at all feel upstaged being in your brother’s all-star training stable and Cameron Dunkin’s all-star managerial stable?

MG: Obviously, all of these guys want to be trained by my brother and want to be my brother’s fighters. They believe in my brother as a trainer. That only give me more of an advantage over my other opponents.

Because I know that other great fighters like Nonito Donaire, Kelly Pavlik, Brandon Rios and other fighters believe in my brother so much that they want to be a part of his stable. I’m in the best hands that I could be in.

I’ve got my brother, my dad and great management and a great promoter. There’s nothing better that you could ask for other than my opportunity, which I think will come very soon.

My brother is getting a lot of attention and a lot of publicity with the fighters that he’s training. That’s great for him, and I just feel that I will be given that opportunity. I’m ready.

Training with Brandon, which we’ve done in the past, I know the kind of work that it takes to become a world champion. I’ve seen it and I know what that it and I know what it takes. So I’m right there.

RingTV.com: What is your appeal to the Mexican fans versus the Mexican-American and American fans?

MG: I’ve fought in Mexico three times, and every time that I’ve fought there, they’ve accepted me as one of their own. They were very happy for me and they congratulated me and they’ve taken pictures.

They’ve asked me for my autograph. I have family in Mexico and my roots are there. I visited my aunts, grand parents and cousins. We always send shout-outs to my family members and friends in Mexico.

I understand where we come from. My parents, the way that they raised my brothers, some of them were born in Mexico. So I understand all of this and heard the stories of their struggles.

My dad coming over to the United States working six, eight, nine months working out in the strawberry fields and different jobs to support the family in Mexico.

So, when people in Mexico appreciate me and they hear that I’m doing well and they congratulate me, that makes me feel really well and accepted and liked by the Mexican fans.

So, even now, I’m always getting messages from my Mexican fans through Facebook and all of these different e-mails and whatever from people in Mexico.

Some of them come from places where I haven’t even been. Where I have no relatives or anything, and they’ve congratulated me and they’ve sent me their congratulations through messages.

They see me on television and they see me as being Mexican and as one of them. I was born and raised in the United States, but I’m a Mexican.alt

RingTV.com: Do you aspire to the admiration that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or Saul Alvarez receive from the native Mexicans?

MG: Honestly, because they were born and raised in Mexico, they were guys who were fighting in Mexico before they fought here, and people got a chance to see them more and to understand them more.

The reasoning for that is because that’s where they developed their fan base and the early part of their careers. So, obviously, their fans in Mexico have respect for them because they watched their careers develop.

Just like I have people from the Southern California region who have seen and watched me develop from the amateurs into the professional ranks. So I understand that.

They’ve watched me develop from a prospect into a contender, and I have a lot of fans and different people in Southern California who support me.

Do I hope that eventually I will get the same victories and everything that Marco Antonio Barrera and Julio Cesar Chavez and all of these great fighters have accomplished?

Sure. I hope to get all of that. But I also have to understand as well that they were born and raised fighting in Mexico more times that what I have.

But I think that fighting the kinds of fighters and in the kinds of fights that I hope to soon be fighting in will do that for me. Like maybe a Johnny Gonzalez or a Celestino Caballero, which is supposed to be my next fight.

Hopefully I will get a chance to fight these great champions and show that I do belong in those championship level fights, and we hope to get them.

RingTV.com: How would you describe your fighting style and versatility, given your relative height and defensive skills compared to those of your opponents?

MG: Depending on the fans, if you’re a fan who love a brawl or loves to see a fight at close quarters and exchanging punches one after another, then you might not be a big fan of mine because I don’t fight like that.

I can fight like that if I’m forced to or if I need to and if that’s the only way that I can win, then I will do it. But if you admire boxing and you understand skills and ability and natural talent, then you will understand.

You will see my abilities and my skills and you would have to admire my skills and my style of fighting. Traditionally, Mexican fighters are more aggressive.

They brawl and they’re more exciting that way and just go out and they’re blood and guts. That’s not me. I don’t fight like that. But if I need to, and that’s the way that the fight is going, then I will do that.

I also enjoy watching fights like that where they’re in a brawl, but that’s just not me. I have my style and it’s been working.

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