It was a heart to heart, a family pow-wow, boxing style.
Robert Garcia, and dad Eduardo and little bro Mikey Garcia sat down, and put things on the table yesterday.
The time for messing around, for standing on principle on this issue, is over, big brother told little brother.
You are a fighter, and fighters fight, and God graced you with the sort of talent to the point that we think you could maybe beat Floyd Mayweather.
So, let’s stop this situation here, let’s get on the same page with the people who you need to get along with to get that boxing career back on track. You have the talent, and the window for guys like us, it’s not infinite, that was the message Robert put forth, and he thinks it was accepted.
Mikey Garcia is 34-0, he’s 26, he’s smack down in his athletic prime, and Garcia has been on the shelf, a self-imposed hiatus, as he’s battled promoter Top Rank over contractual terms, the length of the deal and the size of the paydays. He last fought in January, which is three years ago in this age, where time is skewed by the intensity of news cycles, if you are someone working in an entertainment business, as boxing is.
“We had a sit down, me, Mikey, my dad and I think we’re working things out, he’ll maybe fight in December and two or three times next year,” Robert Garcia told me. “He was told, we can’t be effing around.”
My take: Amen. Wisdom from big bro, a guy who’s been there, and done that, and comprehends fully that the window doesn’t stay open as long as it could for guys not named Hopkins or Mayweather. Here’s hoping common ground is found, and a talented fightter is back where he belongs, in that ring.
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