January 26th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

"Chinny" Mikey Garcia

“Chinny” Mikey Garcia


San Francisco, CA- Let’s start this off with a fact: Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) has a “chin” issue! After being dropped by feather fisted Rocky Martinez in his last fight in which he garnered the WBO 130 lb. crown, and then having his knees buckled by Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, another man’s whose power cannot by any means be confused with Earnie Shavers, the writing is on the wall. Sooner, more likely than later, Mikey Garcia is getting knocked out!


There is ridiculous talk of Garcia vs. Yuri Gamboa, the sidelined unbeaten Cuban sensation whose reputation has been sullied seeing Performance Enhancing Drugs were supposedly mailed to his home, at 135 lbs. later this year. Although the unbeaten Gamboa is not yet 14 karat gold, he appears to be a tad better and more explosive than Garcia who thus far looks like Gold electroplate.


For the life of me I can’t understand why these guys are not staying at natural weights, thus jumping divisions as did Adrien Broner, who got licked like a stamp by Marcos Maidana in late 2013. Two years ago Broner was fighting at 135 lbs. If Mikey moves up, he’s going down. He’d be smart to fight a slew of Latins and Mexicans, ones he knows he can beat, in their hometowns, seeing he has no real following of his own.


When I asked Sunday morning what a few pundits thought about Garcia, most didn’t even know (or care) if he fought Saturday night or not. Like one Mexican said, “He isn’t real popular south of the border, or even in California for that matter.” Burgos was the kind of guy you sprarkled against. And while Garcia won comfortably on points, his chin indicates he is not long for the uppr echelon of professional boxing.


Historian Ronald Marshall says that unbeaten heavyweight Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) cannot beat the best at heavyweight. While he was praised by some for his Saturday win over previously undefeated Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs), there are a host of guys that he will have to beat before Jennings can be portrayed as the “next” American heavyweight hope.


Knocked into another time zone by Lucas Matthysse one fight ago, apprently the IBF 140 lb. diadem was not on the line. That being said, Lamont Peterson has gotten more ink in two sentences than his talents and abilities are worth.


One of the most popular fighters in 2013 when it came to HBO ratings is Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) the WBA middleweight (160) king, will not be on HBO this Saturday as he defends in Monaco Saturday against Ghana native and Joliet, IL resident Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KOs). According to GGG promoter Tom Loeffler, there just isn’t enough room in the ballroom for HBO to set up and they refused to work off somebody elses TV feed.


According to Loeffler, who appaered in the boxing hour of “Ring Talk Worldwide” Sunday morning, GGG will fight thrice more this year all on HBO. And Loeffler restated what Golovkin himself said on my show a few months ago, “I will fight and beat Floyd Mayweather at 154 lbs.” We can’t even get Floyd in with a smaller Manny Pacquiao, you think he would take on Golvkin? Not a snowballs chance in hell!

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Garcia looks to robotic to me. Cross his wires and he falls apart.

    Rob Hernandez on January 27th, 2014 at 5:44 AM
  2. You may be right about Mikey Garcia’s chin, but nevertheless, he is skilled, explosive and exciting to watch. I think about Roger Mayweather’s career, and yes, his chin was a liability. Nevertheless, Mayweather had an outstanding career. Remember Carl “The Truth” Williams? As far as athleticism and skill, he was outstanding. He even outjabbed Larry Holmes. Unfortunately, he couldn’t take a good punch, and this prevented him from being heavyweight champion on the world.

    The weight issue is controversial. A fighter doesn’t want to weaken him or herself, but he/she doesn’t want to sacrifice discipline and hard work either. Yes, there are some fighters who could fight at a lighter weight if they ate properly and trained more diligently, but there have been fighters (like Richie Sandoval) who have been seriously injured due to losing too much weight too soon.

    I know that Lamont Peterson got crushed by Lucas M. (whose dynamite punch and style remind me somewhat of Earnie Shavers), but I think Peterson deserves lots of credit for his courage and tenacity.

    Pedro, thanks for generating some excellent discussion!

    Geoffrey Sadao Prenter on January 27th, 2014 at 7:07 AM
  3. GGG vs Mayweather???
    Come on guys – dream on. Mayweather has always been a master in picking his future opponents. What Wlad Klitschko does in the ring Mayweather does BEFORE the fight even starts. Be sure he wont take any risks in his last few fights before he calls it a day.
    One of the reasons I will never rank him among the all time greats (yet alone being the G.O.A.T. as you can hear many talk nowadays). He always had the potential but to prove it – you gotta fight the best in their primes. Or at least some of them, which Floyd never did.
    What he certainly did well is to be an excellent businessman – cant name any other athlete who has sold so little for so much!

    Sven on January 27th, 2014 at 7:53 AM
  4. Was Lamont Peterson drug tested after beating Dierry Jean on Saturday? Did he pass the test?

    Kurt on January 27th, 2014 at 11:57 AM
  5. Erik Morales,or Barerra, or Marquez he is not. Skiiled yes, talent, yes, slick, perhaps, but you can see he can be outslicked. Tito was susceptiable to flash knockdowns as well. Can Mikey win, of course, but will he, more likley than not. He as opposed to Broner at least is more substance than flash, if you will agree with me on this?

    dondinero on January 27th, 2014 at 6:05 PM
  6. But yes, from my eyes, he lacks what for arguments sake, Morales, had, and that is that lightining in a bottle. The flash. I mean every fighter has a weakness, if Erik had one it was his willingness to get sucked into a fire fight, when the guy had more pure boxing skill and talent to throw away than Mikey has in his arsenal. In other words, to put it into musician terms, Morales could freestyle, and to me Mikey is pure textbook, but lacks the temperment to imrpovise, if you follow me. what that all means to me, is Mikey could win and no one is going to care. And eventually the kid with the fire to match his talent will ice Mikey. One way I see it is a Corrales would ice Mikey by hanging in there til the final rounds, and even a Frietas could dance and imrpovise his way around Mikey, and a Casamayor would probably end his career, with both, text book boxing, and then icing him with a freestyle verse as the wild card ace in hole. Just an idea about Garcia. Dont get me wrong I like him and think he has a good solid 5 signature fights in him, but every morales needs his barerra, and every Corrales needs his Castillo, so who is Garcias, eventual nemisis. And HBO is re-gressing here. They havent built him the way they did Morales, and Mayweather, and even Donaire as of late. I think their boxing program basically sucks right now. No significant fight to note, and march schedule is already determined. At least Donaire had his short short guy, name i cant recall right now, as the fight to start the year of exciting. Burgos to start year build absolutley no momentum and if anything hurts future fights because no one is sitting around saying hey, cant wait for Mikey again. I beleive Mosley-Margarito, and Paquio-Marquez, were early year fighs ie Jan or Feb to start the year of right, and build momentum for the PPV dates. Burgos-Garcia was not a Saturday im sitting at home for. Im goign out. Pac-Marquez, and the early Donaire fight were Saturday I reserved for boxing, on my calander, and the wife would have to understand. Heck even Alexander-Bradley was a Saturday reserved, and if you follow my idea, Bradley-prodnikov, started HBO boxing off right, and built momentum for his PPV date, which was a success as Buffalo wild wings was a packed house. Anyway, just throwing that out there. Maybe other have similar or opposing views. Bottom line, im a boxing junkie, and im in withdrawls ready to kick the habit, cuz there is no good dope on te market. Tito and hell even Roy jones, where are you!

    dondinero on January 27th, 2014 at 6:22 PM
  7. Yes dondinero.

    Pedro Fernandez on January 27th, 2014 at 10:20 PM
  8. dondinero,
    very well said. That is exactly what I’m feeling about Garcia – just couldnt put it into words.

    Sven on January 28th, 2014 at 12:35 AM
  9. who dis dondinero guy….making sense in the comments section…don’t be getting all smart on us here on ringtalk loco…

    alberto on January 28th, 2014 at 2:55 PM
  10. Dondinero: Good points my man….Especially with kicking off the year right! It really gets the fans and mainstream fans appeal, something to talk about throughout the year. Bradley vs Providnokov gave just that and other examples you mentioned…Take heed promoters, cuz this man makes sense!

    1200 Techs on January 29th, 2014 at 12:38 AM
  11. Stevenson vs Kovalev, GGG vs Kid Chocolate, Martinez vs Cotto, these are the kinds of fights the fans want…Even the ones that don’t know ish about boxing but will tune in, these fights have mad potential of creating new fans. How about legit dvd copies of classic fights, like 5 in one? At the right price, why not?

    1200 Techs on January 29th, 2014 at 12:44 AM

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