P4P countdown: No 5: Mikey Garcia
Luke G. Williams
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: 5th (new entry from last June)
Fight record: 37-0 (30 KOs)
Report card: After over two years of inactivity, Garcia has fought three 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. His record now stands at an impressive 37-0, although his career still lacks a defining fight, rivalry or victory.
Prospects for 2018: Garcia is scheduled to fight Sergey Lipinets for the IBF super-lightweight title in February. Most expect him to win that contest - and a world title in a fourth weight class - handily enough. Hopefully he will then face Jorge Linares in a summer lightweight showdown which most would recognise as being to determine an undisputed number one at 135lbs. Beyond that, Garcia vs Vasyl Lomachenko just might be possible - and arguably one of the most exciting fights that can be made in world boxing.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 46 - all ten of the writers on our panel ranked Garcia in their individual top tens, with a highest placing of fifth. A victory against Linares would most likely boost his P4P standing. The Lipinets fight, presuming Garcia wins, will make little difference.
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.