Garcia Faces a Mental Battle Against Salido’s Pressure

by Nat Gottlieb

Mikey Garcia - Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland

Despite having all the tools needed to be a star, unbeaten Mikey Garcia lacks the one thing on his resume that would mark him as an upper tier fighter: a signature win over an opponent who has already scaled that height.

Now, after 30 fights, Garcia will finally get that chance on Jan. 19, when he faces reigning featherweight champion Orlando Salido in the main event of a potentially sensational tripleheader on Boxing After Dark.

“We’ve been looking for this kind of fight, because I want to prove myself,” says the 25-year-old Garcia. “I am going to show people that I am the total package, and that I can beat a guy like Salido. Yes, he is tough and this is not an easy fight. But I am confident I have the skills and ability to win.”

Read the Complete Salido-Garcia Fight Overview at HBO.com