In one of the weirder bits of matchmaking in recent memory, Mike Coppinger reports that a welterweight clash between Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas “has been discussed” and “could” be Garcia’s first fight under the Matchroom banner if he elects to sign with Eddie Hearn.
Tis proposal is bizarre on multiple levels. For one, Garcia (39-1, 30 KO) clearly showed that he wasn’t cut out for 147 pounds in his one-sided loss to Errol Spence Jr. earlier this year. For two, Vargas (29-2-2, 11 KO) has had his sights set on a move to 154 for ages; his April knockout of Humberto Soto came at a 154-pound catchweight, he’d pursued a fight with Munguia before it fell apart, and he’d received an offer to face Liam Smith on the Joshua-Ruiz II undercard.
Sure, it could still be competitive due to Vargas very much not being Errol Spence, but the matchup is completely perpendicular to both of their ideal career paths. It does nothing for either man besides serve as a not-that-appealing one-shot attraction.
Mikey needs to get his [bad word] together. He could do so damn much at 135 and 140.