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Mikey Garcia Talks More Pacman, Gamboa & A Little About Burgos

BY David A. Avila ON January 16, 2014
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OXNARD, CALIF.----Strange brew is emanating from Oxnard.

You probably know WBO junior lightweight world titlist Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 Kos) is scheduled to face Tijuana’s Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 Kos) on Jan. 25, at Madison Square Garden Theater. HBO will televise the world title challenge.

The Moreno Valley resident, who moved there several years ago from Oxnard, traveled 100 miles north to set up the final weeks of training camp in his old haunts. With no other major fights on his brother Robert Garcia’s agenda, it would seem to be easier to have preparation in the Riverside area. But it’s not a major concern.

During the media day held in Oxnard, most of the questioning focused on Garcia’s possible future match up with Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Tons of questioning regarded the junior lightweight jumping up to junior welterweight or welterweight to meet the seven division world champion from the Philippines.

“I was his sparring partner for several weeks. Three or four weeks. He was very quick, very fast I was more concerned with his speed than his strength,” said Garcia, 26, about a sparring session with Pacquiao in 2006. “I did pretty well. I don’t know if he remembers the sparring session. I never beat him up, but he never beat me up either. It was just a very good sparring session at Wild Card.”

Garcia added that it would not be this year but next year if the fight with Pacman was made. He cited a need to build more muscle and weight plus maintain the speed, and a need for three or four more fights.

Another opponent whose name popped up was Cuba’s Yuri Gamboa, who tweeted acidic taunts and declarations to Garcia recently.

“If his (Gamboa) promoter can’t get the fight he has to do something to get the fight himself,” said Garcia with a chuckle, regarding Gamboa’s attempts to lure a title fight. “If it happens it makes for a better fight. More expectations. You all remember Ricardo Mayorga.”

This is all good conversation but Tijuana’s Burgos has next dibs on Garcia and the skinny Mexican from Tijuana has never been an easy fight for anyone.

“He’s definitely a tough guy. He brings everything out every time he gets into the ring. I think he’s a dangerous fighter right now,” Garcia said. “This is his third shot at the title and he came up short the last two times. He has everything to gain if he wins and beats me. So that’s why he’s getting a title shot. He’s earned it.”

Strangely, Burgos has fought a mere 15 minutes from where Garcia trains in the Riverside area on a daily basis. The Mexican challenger was discovered by Thompson Boxing Promotions, which stages monthly club shows in Ontario and Corona, Calif. Burgos has appeared on six of those shows.

“I saw one of them (Burgos fights). I’m not sure who he fought but I saw him at the Doubletree,” said Garcia. “I’ll be ready for anything he has. I’ve trained with guys with weird styles.”

Burgos has kept his training camp in Tijuana.

“It’s go time for me,” stated Burgos on Wednesday.

Another strange factor is that both are fighting on the other side of the country. Garcia lives in Moreno Valley and Burgos in Tijuana, which is 100 miles south. It would seem to be a natural prizefight in Southern California where both have huge fan support.

But Top Rank seems intent on building fan support in the East for Garcia.

If anyone knows how to promote on a big scale it is Top Rank. But, it’s a strange kind of mix and feel to this fight.

“It’s the best time in my career. Physically mentally everything is there,” Garcia said. “I’m ready to take it to the next level.” 

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Radam G says:

Good, catching copy for Pac-haters. Mikey G doesn't clearly recall the sparring sessions with Da Manny because of a green-up-coming boxer's nature. If he got his arse tore up in a sparring session, he won't clearly remember it and often he develop amnesia so he can go again the time.

Amnesia of an arse thrashing help a newbie stay in the game. It's like being a cornerback in the NFL. Just because the receiver burns you, you don't get discourage and give up. You cover him still the next play or game. And if you are a basketballer, you don't quit the game because a player block your shot a few times.

All that one has to do, is to show Mikey videos of those near eight-years ago sparring sessions. And he'd change his tune A-S-A-P, or say the videos are doctored. That is the favorite line of boxers who got dey arse dusted off in sparring sessions.

I'm reminded of Money May-The Pittsburgh Kid's sparring session. Fam May come with every lie, including that Money May had a cold and fever and had been outta the gyms for ages. Holla!

The Shadow says:

Here's that sparring session, rounds 3-4:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GG4Kn__ZIw

The Shadow says:

...and 5-6: [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeZaqKJaxYo

brownsugar says:

Good sparring session...its clear to see why Floyd has remained at the top so long. He spars at all ranges... inside outside.. on the move... a little brawling. And his sparring partners are not prevented from using their entire arsenal..good stuff!!!

The Shadow says:

Yeah, I noticed that too! Great work, great sparring session.

Radam G says:

Put the interview of Jessie Reid. Lil' Floyd got his whipped. And this is why he never lets anybody outside TMT video his sparring sessions anymore and forever. Holla!

The Shadow says:

Jesse Reid is just one man's opinion. Could be swayed, could be biased. The entire session is right there. I don't see anyone taking any whooping of any kind.

Initially, I saw the part where Floyd lies down to rest (which I think is the part that might embarrass them a little, if at all) and figured he had a bad day at the office. Later I saw the whole thing and it honestly looked like Floyd was doing his thing, working different styles.

Nevertheless, here's Jesse Reid speaking the truth: [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3FeTehXOok

If you want to see a sparring session where someone is taking a whooping, watch Muhammad Ali get his great arse handed to him by Bossman Jones.

Radam G says:

That was GOAT Ali on a bad, lazy day after sexing with two or three dames that night. But when Bossman Jones begins lying about the GOAT Ali short changing him for sparring work and became a doubt agent for Big George Foreman, the GOAT Ali "got off da bird, and whupped da snot outta BJ," so said the late, great spiritual training coach Drew "Bundini" Brown, and so showed the filming of that sparring session.

BTW, even Pops Joy May admits that the Pittsburgh Kid "got the best of my outta-shape son that time...." And belief is more powerful than sight. People may not believe what they see, but they see what they believe and want. Holla!

Radam G says:

That was GOAT Ali on a bad, lazy day after sexing with two or three dames that night. But when Bossman Jones begins lying about the GOAT Ali short changing him for sparring work and became a doubt agent for Big George Foreman, the GOAT Ali "got off da bird, and whupped da snot outta BJ," so said the late, great spiritual training coach Drew "Bundini" Brown, and so showed the filming of that sparring session.

BTW, even Pops Joy May admits that the Pittsburgh Kid "got the best of my outta-shape son that time...." And belief is more powerful than sight. People may not believe what they see, but they see what they believe and want. Holla!

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