Given Mikey Garcia's willowy frame it was almost inevitable that he would try for crowns in heavier weight classes once he outgrew the 126-pound division. We just didn't think that the effort would come quite this soon.
When Garcia surrendered his WBO featherweight title on the scales in June for weighing two pounds over, the timetable was suddenly moved up. On Saturday, the 25-year-old will seek his second crown against rugged Puerto Rican Roman Martinez, a proven crowd-pleaser who is making the third defense of his second reign and his fifth overall.
Will Garcia's pound-for-pound level skills win out or will Martinez's determination and experience at the weigh prove decisive? Statistical factors that may shape the outcome include: