Mikey Garcia generated hard-core buzz in his last fight, having his way, especially in the early rounds, against respected vet Orlando Salido. Fight fans are looking forward to see if Garcia can build off that TD8 victory, which unfolded on HBO and in the Madison Square Garden Theater on Jan. 19.
His manager, Cameron Dunkin, chatted with NYFightblog today at MSG, before the Donaire-Rigondeaux presser kicked off.
Dunkin said WBO featherweight champ Garcia -- whose brother Robert will be in Donaire's corner versus Rigo at Radio City Music Hall -- will have a slot on a June 22 Top Rank card in Texas. That event will be topped by a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. scrap, if Junior can get the Nevada commission to give him the OK to glove up; Junior tested positive for THC after his September 2012 loss to Sergio Martinez and was suspended for nine months. Bob Arum said Darren Barker is the lead dog to test Chavez Jr. in Texas.
Dunkin said that Juan Manuel Lopez is booked, so he's out as a Garcia foe. Orlando Cruz might make the cut with HBO, which will televise. "I just wanna see the kid fight," Dunkin said.
Yes, Dunkin is biased, but I still took note when he told me he thinks Garcia is "gonna be an all-time great."