Looks Like Mikey Garcia Is Fighting His Promoter, Top Rank

BY Michael Woods ON April 15, 2014
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During a Tuesday early evening phone call, trainer Robert Garcia said brother Mikey is looking, perhaps, at a July date, against TBD. The Cali based tutor talked to TSS about Marcos Maidanas' chances of beating Floyd Mayweather, and then we followed up with a question about lil bro Mikey, who holds the WBO super feather title.

I asked Robert if the 26-year-old Mikey, who boasts a 34-0 record, would be looking to lock down a signature fight next, and, maybe, be seeking to step up his game where he's fighting more minutes of each round with more predatory intent?

"It's probably about time Mikey has that signature fight," Robert said. "We're waiting on Top Rank. We've heard July, but nothing's confirmed."

And is a Mikey-Yuriorkis Gamboa tangle still on the stove, or has it been yanked? "It's still possible," Robert said, stating that if terms agreeable to both men can be hashed out, then that would certainly fill the bill as a "signature" fight.

What didn't come up was a legal doc which is floating around the web, which I saw billed as an exclusive on BadCulture.net. The PDF, attached to a story by Jeandra LeBeauf, purports to be a legal doc, filed in a California Superior Court, stamped April 8. The doc suggests Mikey is the plaintiff, and Top Rank, his promoter, the defendant.

The document accuses Top Rank of trying to unlawfully control Mikey's career, in violation of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. The complaint alleges that Garcia is rendered "an indentured servant" of the promotional company, and that Top Rank neglected to disclose to Garcia the amount they would make from his fights. The document contains text which indicates that Garcia is seeking to detach himself from Top Rank, and will request damages from the company, which he maintains acted improperly as a manager. (His manager, to my knowledge, is Cameron Dunkin. Dunkin is the second most active manager, probably, in the sport, behind Al Haymon. Dunkin had managed Tim Bradley, who we saw lose to Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, but Bradley chose to install wife Monica as his manager when his contract with Dunkin ran out a few months ago.)

The complaint also notes that Garcia, or his attorney team, believes that within California labor law, he should be freed from his contract with Top Rabk, because a personal service contract is not supposed to go beyond seven years from the start of the contract. Mikey signed with Top Rank in 2006. Top Rank has Mikey signed through May 2015.

I reached out to Top Rank, Robert Garcia, an attorney listed on the doc as working on behalf of Garcia, and Cameron Dunkin for comment on the issue, and will insert any responses.

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stormcentre says:

I love seeing how boxers, trainers, people fare against Bob.

Gamboa (with his dismiss of the Rios fight) looked like he was in a good legal position a few years back, but Bob, his legal qualifications and connections, and of course his money; almost always finds a way to win.

Sometimes it gets to the point where, when fighting Bob, you need a KO just to get a draw.

Hey, that's similar to when Tim Bradley fought Pacquaio the first time.

Who was the promoter of that fight again?

Who will win this war?

Anyone care to make a prediction?

The Shadow says:

I love seeing how boxers, trainers, people fare against Bob.

Gamboa (with his dismiss of the Rios fight) looked like he was in a good legal position a few years back, but Bob, his legal qualifications and connections, and of course his money; almost always finds a way to win.

Sometimes it gets to the point where, when fighting Bob, you need a KO just to get a draw.

Hey, that's similar to when Tim Bradley fought Pacquaio the first time.

Who was the promoter of that fight again?

Who will win this war?

Anyone care to make a prediction?


A jewish Harvard-trained millionaire lawyer with hookups in the highest of places vs. a fighter from meager beginnings.

A mismatch of the highest order. A KO to earn a draw is a wonderful metaphor.

Even when Gamboa escaped, Bob still won.

The only time he hasn't "won" was when Floyd left and became the biggest star. That eats at him everyday more than anything.

Yet he still won as he used Floyd's departure to launch the PPV careers of Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao and made more millions of that than he ever would off Floyd.

If Miguel Garcia escapes, somehow the vindictive, spiteful master promoter will find a way to win that, too.

stormcentre says:

A jewish Harvard-trained millionaire lawyer with hookups in the highest of places vs. a fighter from meager beginnings.

A mismatch of the highest order. A KO to earn a draw is a wonderful metaphor.

Even when Gamboa escaped, Bob still won.

The only time he hasn't "won" was when Floyd left and became the biggest star. That eats at him everyday more than anything.

Yet he still won as he used Floyd's departure to launch the PPV careers of Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao and made more millions of that than he ever would off Floyd.

If Miguel Garcia escapes, somehow the vindictive, spiteful master promoter will find a way to win that, too.


Agreed.

Gamboa looked to be in a good legal position as he really didn’t commit to the Rios fight and Bob (in my view) blinded home with legal BS and red tape.

Of course Arum put Gamboa’s career on freeze also, and that became such a big thing that winning the ever increasingly stressful court case soon got relegated to second priority.

In fact, I heard that Gamboa was so stressed about it that training was hard also.

Makes sense when you're unable to do all you know and have defected for in your defected country and your homeland Cuba hates you and would love to see you deported.

Legal matters have a habit of trying your resilience in ways that make boxing seem easy. Trust me I know.

Garcia(s) have been smart about this one though.

They haven’t pulled the pin on TR until there are several legal points of note (Ali act, 7 years expired . . etc) and all that, and of course until they have other promotional options, of which the Maidana fight presents as one example.

What a coincidence that Robert is now in business with Al Haymon and Floyd, and now they are looking at how TR has not complied with the law and its own contract.

The Shadow says:

Agreed.

Gamboa looked to be in a good legal position as he really didn’t commit to the Rios fight and Bob (in my view) blinded home with legal BS and red tape.

Of course Arum put Gamboa’s career on freeze also, and that became such a big thing that winning the ever increasingly stressful court case soon got relegated to second priority.

In fact, I heard that Gamboa was so stressed about it that training was hard also.

Makes sense when you're unable to do all you know and have defected for in your defected country and your homeland Cuba hates you and would love to see you deported.

Legal matters have a habit of trying your resilience in ways that make boxing seem easy. Trust me I know.

Garcia(s) have been smart about this one though.

They haven’t pulled the pin on TR until there are several legal points of note (Ali act, 7 years expired . . etc) and all that, and of course until they have other promotional options, of which the Maidana fight presents as one example.

What a coincidence that Robert is now in business with Al Haymon and Floyd, and now they are looking at how TR has not complied with the law and its own contract.


Is legal stuff really that bothersome? Can you shed some light on that, please? The thought process, how it might discourage you and so forth.

How do you think Andre Ward feels right now?

stormcentre says:

Yes it is really tiresome because it has the potential to control and change all or most aspects of the life you have fought and worked so hard to achieve.

And usually it involves people telling you what you can and can't do, and it costs you a fortune and turns you into someone whom doesn’t know who he can trust; as often the person you're paying for advice is looking out for themselves.

There’s a reason they say that only the lawyers ever win.

There are many other factors, but just the above is enough to drive you nuts.

When was the last time you enjoyed someone telling you - with serious authority - what you can and can't do and making sure you do it regardless of all the facts and what’s right and wrong?

Now imagine having to pay thousands of dollars for the “privilege” and possibly also suffering public embarrassment over it.

Boxing, to a large extent is psychological, and these kinds of problems eat at you to the point where they can impact your confidence and performance.

And yes Ward would be bothered about it. That’s why he doing something about it.

Very few boxers, by their nature, like to be ripped off and/or told what to do - particularly when it comes to their career.

Yet, just when they finally make it to the level where they can earn serious money - that is reasonable money that allows them to get ahead after everyone takes their cut - that’s when they find themselves reading the most writs and subpoenas.

Add to it all, very boxers have a business background, let alone are legally savvy.

So, it comes as a real shock to the system to find that someone is possibly, in their terms, ripping them off, and they can’t deal with it in the usual manner.

As they say the pen is mightier than the sword and there is a reason Don King, bob Arum and many others don’t care how good you can fight in the ring.

Once you have to go and see a lawyer in order to understand your future, you will understand what I mean and why Arum and others like him walk around at promotional events as if they're the heavyweight champion; regardless of the fact that they can't do 1 single one minute round with a flyweight.

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