Two of the game’s best discuss how they’re passing time during the pandemic and what’s next for them once boxing resumes.
Both fighters discussed how they’re dealing with the current crisis and their plans once they return to the ring. Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) has set his sights on winning a title in a third division, super welterweight, but not before becoming champ once more at 147-pounds.
“I feel like I have two more big fights left at this weight class, at 147, against either a [Manny] Pacquiao or a [Errol] Spence Jr—and I would want to rematch [Keith] Thurman or [Shawn] Porter and get that victory. Then there’s nothing else for more for me to do at 147…I feel like a new journey could be at 154.”
Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs), fully recovered from the detached retina he suffered a year ago and now working with respected trainer Manny Robles, says he wants to end his career on a high note.
The four-time world champion was slated to face Gervonta “Tank” Davis in February 2019 before Mares’ eye injury delayed the bout. Mares still wants a shot at “Tank,” but says there are others on his hit list.
“I read somewhere that we, meaning Leo Santa Cruz, myself and I don’t know who else you wanna put in there, that we’ve been ducking Gary Russell Jr.,” said Mares. “That’s a complete lie. I’ve never, ever ducked Gary Russell. Actually, that fight has never presented itself. That would be a good fight.
“I would not do it at 126, he would move to 130. I know there wouldn’t be a title [on the line] because he’s the champ at 126, but honestly, at this time, I’m not even looking at the titles. I just want the names. I want great names on my record. I think that’s a good fight.”
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