P4P countdown: No 4: Mikey Garcia
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came fourth...
Name: Mikey Garcia
BM online P4P ranking: 4th (up one place from January)
Fight record: 38-0 (30 KOs)
Report card: After over two years of inactivity, Garcia has fought four times since July 2016, stopping Elio Rojas and - in spectacular fashion - Dejan Zlaticanin to annex a third world title in three different weight classes. He then brokered a super-lightweight showdown with under-achiever Adrien Broner, which he won via a comfortable and unanimous points decision. A February 2018 unanimous points victory against Sergey Lipinets for the IBF super-lightweight title made it four titles in four different weight classes. His record now stands at an impressive 38-0, although his career still lacks a defining fight, rivalry or victory.
Prospects: Garcia returns to lightweight on 28 July in a unification match-up with unbeaten Robert Easter. Beyond that, Garcia vs lightweight number 1 Vasyl Lomachenko looms as a possibility - and is arguably one of the most exciting fights that can be made in world boxing.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 57 - all ten of the writers on our panel ranked Garcia in their individual top tens, with a highest placing of fourth, a slot he was placed in by four of our panel. A victory against Easter would safeguard his position, but be unlikely to enhance it, as the men currently occupying the top three arguably have a greater depth of achievements than the California native.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.